It is a real honour to be the first stop on this blog tour for It’s a No-Money Day by Kate Milner which tells the poignant story of family life with the need to use a food bank through the child’s perspective in an emotionless and informative way. The book is hugely relevant in today’s climate and children will find the story incredibly relatable either through direct personal experience or that of a friends. In my blog we hear from author Kate Milner and Ailsa Bathgate, Barrington Stoke Editorial Director about the significance of Food Banks.
Kate Milner – “It’s likely that most school classes in this country contain four or five children who sometimes depend on foodbanks to eat. It is also likely that those children experience shame and confusion. They know their parents work very hard but they also know that poor people are generally thought to be lazy and incompetent. It is all desperately unfair. I made It’s A No Money Day to explain to children whose families are lucky enough not to have to use food banks what they are, and how they work. I also want children whose families do have to use them to see their own experience and not feel ashamed. This is a story about a mother and daughter going through a difficult time but I hope they are seen as more than victims. They are sticking together and helping each other, showing resilience, love and humour.“In the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, the character Katie can’t get sanitary products from the foodbank, so she is forced to try and steal them. I don’t think there is a woman in the world who couldn’t relate to that predicament. I got in touch with the Trussell Trust to check that this is a real problem (it is), before using social media to ask people to donate sanitary products to foodbanks. I was a small part of a movement to solve this problem for poorer women. There are now lots of groups who collect and distribute these much-needed products, and politicians like Scotland’s own Monica Lennon have done a lot to find more systemic solutions.”
Ailsa Bathgate, Barrington Stoke Editorial Director: “The UK is one of the world’s wealthiest countries and so it can only be a source of shame for our society that rising numbers of people have been forced to use foodbanks to survive. Kate Milner’s beautifully illustrated picture book is carefully crafted to encourage empathy and understanding of the situation many families find themselves in, and it sensitively clears a path to allow discussion of a difficult issue with young children. We hope that this important and moving book will highlight the problem and encourage debate”.
It’s a No-Money Day – Blog on Book-Bound
This is a hugely significant book about a struggling single parent family who don’t have enough money to cover everything at times and consequently use a food bank to make up for the empty cupboards at home. This is quite an emotional story that is raw and revealing to the struggles faced by many families behind closed doors through no fault of their own and it is made interesting by coming from the perspective of the small child who shows no anger or resentment for the circumstances she faces daily, indicative of this being all she has ever known and she seems so accepting of how they are expected to cope and the extent they will need to go to on bad days. This is a heartwarming story that casts light on a much needed subject in a dignified and sensitive way.
Bundles of postcards listing most-needed items at food banks are available – email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and postal information and she will be happy to send them to you.