Independent’s Ace Article – Hungry Britain

Ace of Clubs gets a good word in The Independents Article on Hungry Britain: welfare cuts leave more than 500,000 people forced to use food banks

Click here for the full article http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hungry-britain-welfare-cuts-leave-more-than-500000-people-forced-to-use-food-banks-warns-oxfam-8636743.html?origin=internalSearch

Brian Ahern, Ace of Clubs Member & Retired postman, 57, from Stockwell  

“I worked for my last company for two decades but had a nervous breakdown. I received a good pension of £95 a week, which meant I wasn’t entitled to any benefits. Unfortunately, I had a problem with alcohol and this swallowed up all my money for a period of time. I first went to the Brixton food bank in May 2012. I’d got myself into a bit of a mess and it was the last resort for me: I literally didn’t have a can of beans in the cupboard. I saw a sign in a shop window and was referred by Ace of Clubs, a soup kitchen and social centre in Clapham North. They do lunch for a quid – with dessert! I went three times, which was the most I was allowed with the vouchers I was given. They are very well stocked but I was surprised by how hard it was to have vouchers issued. They have helped me a few times and, now that I am over my crisis, I volunteer there. They are a great organisation and all the staff are very dedicated to what they do. People shouldn’t feel shame in using them when they need to, but unfortunately there is stigma attached.”

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