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Robot Foodbanks

John Birks
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Welfare Rights and Debt Advice - Stockport Council

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Action Hunger is committed to alleviating poverty and hardship amongst the homeless. We install vending machines that provide free food and clothing in key locations of cities across the United Kingdom — and beyond.

The machines dispense water, fresh fruit, energy bars, crisps, chocolate, and sandwiches, as well as socks, sanitary towels, antibacterial lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste combination packs, and books. A considerable amount of the food we vend is received from redistribution organisations that seek to reduce food waste.

The key cards are programmed to permit up to three items being vended per day. The preceding measure is designed to prevent singular dependency on our machines — we want our low-cost solution to complement other services that are available, as engagement with professionals and local support services is instrumental to breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Mike Hughes
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Senior welfare rights officer - Salford City Council Welfare Rights Service

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One installing in Manchester soon. No details on location. Will post this up on GMWRAG and see if anyone knows anything more. Indeed may even contact them directly. It’s an interesting if unproven idea.  Has potential for the cards to be the source of theft/violence etc. amongst the potential positives.