15 Nov, 2012 @ 14:55
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Hundreds collect free food in Sabinillas

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By Eloise Horsfield

THERE were calm scenes in Sabinillas this morning as hundreds of people gathered to collect free food parcels in a giveaway organised by the town hall.

The food, donated by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, is being handed out each morning until next Tuesday (November 20) at a warehouse behind Lidl supermarket.

Local residents who have proven they are in financial difficulty were grateful for the chance to pick up milk, fruit juice, tomate frito, rice, lentils, biscuits, fruit and beans.

“There was a big crowd, and lots of traffic,” said bystander Jane Jewson, who was heading to work in Casares.

“People had brought big recycling bags and empty shopping trolleys and were getting ready to fill them.

“It was a happy atmosphere with nobody crowding or pushing, and people were being respectful and patient.

“It was quite heartwarming really. I said to one lady, ‘You look so happy!’ and she said ‘I am, I am really happy’.”

The food will come as welcome relief for local residents who are finding it hard to make ends meet.

There are currently more than 1.7 million families in Spain without not one member working, according to figures from the National Statistic Institute.


Eloise Horsfield

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  1. 13 million people are below the poverty line in the UK and there are now over 250 foodbanks in the uk and more opening every month, to feed several hundred thousand hungry and destitute people.
    Over 6 million people is the USA had to resort to food banks last year. A global problem but a terrible indictment of so called civilized democracies

  2. A New Wave of Eastern European Migrants will flock to the UK
    in 2013 increasing unemployment and crime levels.
    In 2014, Bulgarians,Romanians and thousands of Moldovians with Romanian passports will be eligible to work and claim benefitsin the U.K.
    By 2018 Turkey will be accepted by the EU opening up a mass
    exodus of Turks heading for Western Europe,mainly Germany
    and the U.K
    Migrationwatch Organization estimate the UK will see over
    2.8 million migrants come to the U.K BY 2020.
    BY 2020 nearly half the U,K population will be living in poverty.

  3. Antony,

    Maybe, but I can still earn money in the UK and people want to do business, they are not racist and solicitors here are not like the solicitors in Spain. In Spain most are corrupt.
    Brad, I think I have always found Fred’s comments useful and true to life of what life is like in Spain, it is not worth going there uless you can retire financially.

  4. you Sir are a TROLL then!! THE very definition!
    Not sure what you get out of it Fred? does it make your day seem better?

    Try for once saying positive constructive things… even maybe AGREEING with some people on this website?!

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