Kingston mum benefitting from food donations

Single mum benefitting from food donations

Single mum benefitting from food donations

First published in News by , Digital editor

One child in three is living below the poverty line in parts of Kingston. As part of a new series of features David Lindsell spoke to parents about poverty and how the council intends to tackle it.

A single mum is one of a growing number of people forced to rely on food donations to put a meal on the table for her child.

Shannon Reynolds, 26, quit her job as a chef in Kingston to look after her 17-month-old daughter.

But she is only left with a small amount of money each week to pay for clothes, food, nappies and other bills for her and Amelie Rose at their home in New Malden.

Bouts of depression, triggered after she was attacked a few years ago in Camden, have not helped.

She said: “Financially it is really difficult as a single parent.

“Day-to-day life is really expensive.

“I have gone without meals. I buy things in a charity shop or Primark. If I have a spare £20 it goes on Amelie or educational toys.

“It scares me. I just don’t feel I’ll ever get the opportunity to get myself out of this situation. I want to give her the opportunity I didn’t necessarily have.”

But despite her tough situation, she said she did not see herself as living in poverty.

She said: “I suppose I am, but I have never really put myself in that bracket.”

Kingston Food Bank has given her food on a few occasions after she and others were identified as eligible for the emergency supplies donated by shoppers, churchgoers and others.

Miss Reynolds said: “It felt like it was Christmas. It really does make a huge difference. It is such a relief as well as the help. They were lovely.”

She said no-one should feel embarrassed about needing to rely on donations to live.

She said: “No. Grateful – not embarrassed. I would have been before I was in this situation.

“I would have felt sorry for them. People aren’t aware and they are embarrassed because they feel they are scroungers or whatever.”

Read how a father on his sick bed wept as he described how his wife and two daughters fell into financial problems.

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10:34am Tue 8 May 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

I would like you to get Ed Davey's reaction to this story. See if he can comment without using the words "we're all in this together"...
I would like you to get Ed Davey's reaction to this story. See if he can comment without using the words "we're all in this together"... Prince Philip of Greece
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12:17pm Tue 8 May 12

Me out there says...

David,

It's Benefiting, not two 'ff's. Mistakes are often made with ‘benefit’. This happens because it is thought to be like ‘fit’, ‘fitted’ and ‘fitting’, but it is not, as the natural stress is not in the same place.

In fact, ‘benefit’ follows the standard rules exactly. It becomes just ‘benefiting/benefi
ted’, because there is usually no doubling when the preceding vowel is unstressed.
David, It's Benefiting, not two 'ff's. Mistakes are often made with ‘benefit’. This happens because it is thought to be like ‘fit’, ‘fitted’ and ‘fitting’, but it is not, as the natural stress is not in the same place. In fact, ‘benefit’ follows the standard rules exactly. It becomes just ‘benefiting/benefi ted’, because there is usually no doubling when the preceding vowel is unstressed. Me out there
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5:43pm Tue 8 May 12

Tony from Surbiton says...

So she's getting food donations because she chose to give up work and not earn money!?!
So she's getting food donations because she chose to give up work and not earn money!?! Tony from Surbiton
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11:19am Wed 9 May 12

marycor says...

Tony from Surbiton wrote:
So she's getting food donations because she chose to give up work and not earn money!?!
Have you ever thought that even if she was working, she may still have needed help. Child care costs! May be you should have asked where is the father and why hasn't he helped her. She is a single mother doing her best to look after her child, she isn't spending what money she gets on drink or drugs. She is bringing her child up herself not dumping her in some creche or nursery to be brought up with someone elses morals or values. Good luck to her, I wish her well and thanks to those who donate to food banks, they do a great job!
[quote][p][bold]Tony from Surbiton[/bold] wrote: So she's getting food donations because she chose to give up work and not earn money!?![/p][/quote]Have you ever thought that even if she was working, she may still have needed help. Child care costs! May be you should have asked where is the father and why hasn't he helped her. She is a single mother doing her best to look after her child, she isn't spending what money she gets on drink or drugs. She is bringing her child up herself not dumping her in some creche or nursery to be brought up with someone elses morals or values. Good luck to her, I wish her well and thanks to those who donate to food banks, they do a great job! marycor
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12:49pm Wed 9 May 12

Tony from Surbiton says...

marycor wrote:
Tony from Surbiton wrote:
So she's getting food donations because she chose to give up work and not earn money!?!
Have you ever thought that even if she was working, she may still have needed help. Child care costs! May be you should have asked where is the father and why hasn't he helped her. She is a single mother doing her best to look after her child, she isn't spending what money she gets on drink or drugs. She is bringing her child up herself not dumping her in some creche or nursery to be brought up with someone elses morals or values. Good luck to her, I wish her well and thanks to those who donate to food banks, they do a great job!
I have never asked where the father was, as it's not my problem - I didn't have the baby. But if you want to play that game, where are her family and friends. Why must the taxpayer pick up the bill?
[quote][p][bold]marycor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony from Surbiton[/bold] wrote: So she's getting food donations because she chose to give up work and not earn money!?![/p][/quote]Have you ever thought that even if she was working, she may still have needed help. Child care costs! May be you should have asked where is the father and why hasn't he helped her. She is a single mother doing her best to look after her child, she isn't spending what money she gets on drink or drugs. She is bringing her child up herself not dumping her in some creche or nursery to be brought up with someone elses morals or values. Good luck to her, I wish her well and thanks to those who donate to food banks, they do a great job![/p][/quote]I have never asked where the father was, as it's not my problem - I didn't have the baby. But if you want to play that game, where are her family and friends. Why must the taxpayer pick up the bill? Tony from Surbiton
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1:21pm Wed 9 May 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

@Tony: you ask "Why must the taxpayer pick up the bill?"

Because we live in a SOCIETY, where people help each other.
@Tony: you ask "Why must the taxpayer pick up the bill?" Because we live in a SOCIETY, where people help each other. Prince Philip of Greece
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3:33pm Fri 11 May 12

Tony from Surbiton says...

Prince Philip of Greece wrote:
@Tony: you ask "Why must the taxpayer pick up the bill?"

Because we live in a SOCIETY, where people help each other.
I don't mind helping people who fall on hard times, but not when it is of their own making.
[quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: @Tony: you ask "Why must the taxpayer pick up the bill?" Because we live in a SOCIETY, where people help each other.[/p][/quote]I don't mind helping people who fall on hard times, but not when it is of their own making. Tony from Surbiton
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