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“An insult to everything community’: Sutton-in-Ashfield people react to MP’s food bank comments | food banks

Ichurch hall in in market town of Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, and group of the locals are busy cooking up array of food from scratch using skills they learned over 15 weeks community culinary course.

They never expected to be pushed into national attention this week when their local Conservative MP Lee Anderson said that food poverty in the country was down to people can’t cook and budget properly.

He invited opposition MPs to visit his local food bank Let’s all eat that also encourages some long-term food bank users to participate in cooking course they run in compound with Sutton Community Academy.

Many of in people take part in Class on Thursday felt that Anderson was right. “If a people teach how cook properly, then maybe they would have a little more money left in their pocket, instead of spend it on takeaway,” said Jennifer Quimby, a 38-year-old caretaker with four children.

“Obviously, people out there who just I don’t have money maybe their benefits changed or they lost their jobs and they really need that help. Not amount of knowing how going to cook help with that.

“All bills go up also. My fuel costs out of this is the world with food on top he does everything add up. But knowing how cooking the right food, it makes things cheaper. Now I spend a lot less.”

The class, which is voluntary and not mandatory, as Anderson suggested, teaches people in local community how to use economical and healthy ingredients, “so they more able stretch the scarce resources they have,” said Simon Martin, director of Let’s all eat.

They are now also investment in number of multicookers teach people how to cook using less electricity. “Our mission helps a lot community become more self-sufficient in the longer termMartin said. “But there is still a lot real food poverty here. Since May 3rd we have had 23 new recommendations for food kits for emergencies. And this rising even when we’re talking.

“Obviously, cost of life and energy crisis bites and where the numbers will exceed out this time we just don’t know”.

Susan Banks, 68, and Jennifer Quimby, 38, love cooking classes at Let’s All Eat, and Quimby says she spent less and saved money studying how Cook. Photograph: Mark Waugh/The Guardian

To other food bank in constituency, people not so sympathetic to Anderson’s views. “It’s a lifeline for me, without this my children would die of starvation, ”said mother of four, who asked not to be named, visiting the food bank for a second time. She had to stop working due to illness and her universal credit payments were suspended.

She is proud of herself on the ability to prepare fresh meals from scratch using any ingredients she gets in package, exploring everything she had never encountered before. “All I have goes on accounts. I just find it very indulgent, especially when you think about which deputies are leaving with every month they don’t struggling and so many of us there is,” she said.

Some parts of Ashfield among the most disadvantaged in the country, with House of Commons data shows about 16% of constituency is “extremely poor” and almost a third of pupils on free school meals.

Jason Zadrozny, leader of Ashfield Independents who local council control, said it was flooded with messages from angry residents about Anderson’s comments.

“He is such a out of touch is an insult to all of Ashfield community,” he said. “People are furious.”

Zadrozny came second Anderson in 2019 general elections when the conservatives took in former “Red wall Labor constituency, who controlled him almost continuously since his creation.

“In 2019 there was a huge amount of people in Ashfield who loaned them to Tory vote for in first ever, and now he is mocking them,” he said.

Let’s All Eat said there’s not enough time for political debate when there is a rising tide of people in need of help.

“We are now delivering about 150 emergency packages a week,” said Linda Smith. manager of food bank. “We got people asking for things they can heat on stove because they can’t afford run their oven. we are not want be sucked in in politicswe just want to help people”.

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