Saturday, 19 October 2013

What The Kiddies Are Doing In School (When They Aren't Learning To Read And Write And Add Up)..

What links the growing use of emergency food banks in the UK with the rise in the amount of food we throw away?
Ummm, absolutely nothing..?
The answer is an innovative idea cooked up by Bristol pupils.
Students from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Clifton have developed a clever solution aimed at reducing the mountains of grub going to waste every year, while helping deliver more meals to food banks.
They say online supermarket customers should be given the option of sending one of the items they buy through 'buy one get one free' (BOGOF) deals directly to food banks. Using the new facility, customers would simply have to click on a box to send the second item in the BOGOF deal to a food bank.
And it would be magically transported to them at no cost on a cloud of unicorn farts?
They believe big supermarkets such as Sainsbury's and Tesco could deliver the donated items to food banks on a daily basis. The pupils say the 'Buy One Give One' (BOGO) idea gives customers an alternative to dropping food off for food banks at stores.
Ah. Of course. For free.

To cut out that whole tedious business of doing it yourself. Get Big Business to do it instead! Their time is free and won't be added on to your next bill, of course...
It was dreamed up by a group of nine pupils in Year 8 and Year 9 as part of a 'Future Problem Solving' project. The children look at global issues and learn a six-step process to work at solving them.
W...T...A....F?!? Id this sounds like a hideous pile of socialist wank, that's because that's exactly what it is. And the little moppets are, of course, lapping it up:
In a letter to Tesco, one of the students, Alfie Poynter, said: "I saw first-hand that people need food banks to survive. The people that go to foodbanks are just normal people but they need this place in order to get food for whatever reason.
"We are really excited at the prospect of food banks being helped by grocery chains like you, providing a facility for people to donate while they do their weekly shop online."
*speechless*
Bronnie Kenchington, the school's head of learning enhancement (Ed: …) at the school, said BOGO was a simple but effective idea. She said: "In their research they found out that much domestic food waste comes from BOGOF offers where people buy fresh produce, take the free item and often never use it and throw it out, rotted.
"This brought about a discussion on how wrong it was for good food to go to waste when people in UK have food shortages."
So, when you ponder the dismal exam results next time, content yourself with knowing that our schools are busily churning out the next generation of Low Information Voters, eh?

5 comments:

Bucko The Moose said...

"And it would be magically transported to them at no cost on a cloud of unicorn farts?"

That's another keyboard you owe me. Better buy a job lot.

Anonymous said...

Bunny

'Head of Learning Enhancement' - dear God its like some South American dictatorship making up titles.

The kiddies do have a point that BOGOF offers are a great creator of food waste, perhaps the option not to get one delivered, would be cost free and would not require any additional cost to the company and hence the consumer.

Why do we have food banks, because some stupid f**ker is giving away free food so the money can be spent elsewhere, like the pub or the bookies. My old man was disabled, but still held down a skilled job, cycled to work (sorry Julia) and had an allotment. In this day and age he would have been expected to be at home, watch Sky Tv and be a victim.

Rickie said...

I think the kids idea is sound and inventive, the supermarkets could easily drop stuff off on their houshold delivery schedules and as long as all the big supermarkets are not in on the scheme this would protect prices.

The problem is food banks will be abused because getting food for free is part of the scam that is the benefits lifestyle, if i donated 10 tins of beans then i would expect 3 to be sold on for a profit, an illegal immigrant to get 2, and 3 to familes with an xbox/Sky TV packages and smartphones lying around the house.

There is no doubt food banks enable money to spent elsewhere as Bunny said , spending money on expensive high tech pressies for the kids at xmas would not be seen as a luxury but almost a right like free dental care or free prescriptions.

Change food banks to soup kitchens, this at least would eliminate the majority of scammers

Anonymous said...

Tesco already deliver free food to charities. They give the near to use by date stuff away and have vans full of food regularly doing a Crawley to Brighton run.

JuliaM said...

"That's another keyboard you owe me."

:D

"'Head of Learning Enhancement' - dear God its like some South American dictatorship making up titles."

Wait'll you see what's coming up in the week... ;)

"I think the kids idea is sound and inventive, the supermarkets could easily drop stuff off on their houshold delivery schedules..."

Maybe they could, but 'cutting out the middleman' is never a good idea. If they take the stuff to foodbanks themselves, they might get a better idea of who is using them.

And that wouldn't do at all...

"Tesco already deliver free food to charities."

Yes, they do.

I wonder if their 'head of learning enhancement' enhanced her lessons with anything so limiting as facts, though..?