“We have people who are eating pet food. [There are] people who are trying to heat their food on a radiator or a candle.”
British families are becoming so strapped for cash and desperate for food, some have begun to eat pet food instead and heated up by candlelight.
Mark Seed, the owner of a food bank in Cardiff, Wales, confirmed this with the BBC, who says people are working “every hour they can” but still can’t make ends meet.
Seed is the head of the Trowbridge Pantry which is a part of a much larger network of food banks and charity groups, that supplies food to over 80 neighborhoods in the U.K. at discounted prices. The Trowbridge location supplies food for over 160 people. Having worked and volunteered at the pantry for over two decades, Seed says he’s “shocked” by what he’s witnessing.
We have people who are eating pet food. [There are] people who are trying to heat their food on a radiator or a candle.
These are shocking kind of stories that are actually the truth.
Cardiff is a flourishing city however there are pockets of deprivation which are simply not acceptable.
People who are in those positions of poverty would be the first to tell you that it’s not easy to have a voice, it’s not easy to have your dignity and show yourself as someone who counts and unless you do that no-one is going to listen.
Buildings go up, the economy flourishes and firms move here – but there’s a gap and we’re trying to close it.
The WinePress reported in October that many pubs have been keeping their lights off to cut back on their asinine energy expenditures, creating some sort of a new vibe at these venues.
One of Seed’s customers said:
I usually go without to try to make things better in my house. Even with my son working – and he contributes as well – it’s difficult because he has to live as well and he’s got needs.
Elizabeth Williams, 54, said
Wales Online wrote, ‘Mr. Seed describes an “arc of poverty” from the east to the west of Cardiff where residents still really struggle financially despite the rest of the city’s success. He said his customers were “working every hour they can” just to afford the essentials, but the rising cost of living makes this difficult.’
Hayat Mohamed, who moved from Sudan is now volunteering at this pantry. She moved to Trowbridge in September but said what she found was “shocking”.
The economic change, what is happening, what is going on in the whole world… the world is changing now. All people are suffering.
The BBC Census claims that Trowbridge and Rumney have the worst household deprivation in Cardiff. But Cardiff itself does not even rank in the top 10 for deprivation by county.
Many other European countries are suffering in their own ways, such as Poland, where an increasing number of households are burning trash for warmth; Switzerland considering banning the use of electric vehicles in most instances, and forced mitigation of other appliances, as a means of reducing energy consumption; or France threatening to manually turn off the power to some areas for several hours; to the Germany Foreign Minister not caring about her own people at all and says she will service Ukraine first.
Today it’s pet food: soon it’ll be each other. I have stated different times before this is a coming event that you must prepare yourself to witness (and guard against yourself too) because it WILL happen…
 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:  So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:  So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.  The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,  And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?  Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. (1 Corinthians 9:7-10).