Two women have been barred from a local food bank after staff allegedly saw them filling carrier bags full of goods ‘six times in one day’, exploiting the system.
On Saturday afternoon, CCTV footage captured two women at Newton Deli on Wargrave Road in Newton-le-Willows filling their carrier bags full of goods ‘six times in one day’.
The Newton Community Fridge, an initiative that aims to help those in food poverty, has plenty of people visiting in order to stock up on goods they otherwise cannot afford. However, two women appeared to be filling up their carrier bags far more than is required.
Staff claim that the women returned at least six times within one day and each time, they filled multiple carrier bags with canned goods. This has forced the suspicious staff to ban the two women from the food bank.
Marc Faulkner, the manager and owner of Newton Deli, told Liverpool Echo: “We have the whole community to cater for and we can’t allow a selfish minority to destroy this for everyone who is using it appropriately.
“If this keeps happening we might have to think about restricting access to the public for this service but there are so many people who rely on this service.
“If people keeping abusing it like this it may stop people wanting to donate to us.
“I’ve put several thousands of pounds of my own money into this initiative and I don’t want anyone in the local community to go without. We can’t let a few people ruin this.
“It’s just very frustrating because we are doing everything we can to help people through these difficult times. This needs to stop now.”
The staff of Newton Deli, who runs the community food bank, say that during the coronavirus pandemic, there have been more people than ever requesting their needs as families are struggling to cope during the economic impact.
The community fridge is stocked by using donations from local supermarkets, donations from local residents and from the business itself.
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