Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shout out to Stupid-Kerry Bensemann

This month's "Shout" goes out to food bank manager Kerry Bensemann for making his church membership drive more important than the charity that he is supposed to enable.

One week ago Thursday they could not deliver many of the 120 meal orders that hungry and underprivileged townsfolk were waiting for. The same thing happened again Friday, as they found themselves understaffed.

But were they really?

The warehouse that stored the food had plenty of workers willing to help, and they even had people volunteer from the community, so why did Mr Bensemann feel he was understaffed?

Because they weren't Christians.

"I know it sounds really, really stupid, but you've got to understand how we're set up"

 They have a policy against non-Christians delivering the food because the aim is to increase church involvement, and having non-religious people deliver the food "defeats the purpose".


It defeats the purpose?  I thought the purpose was to feed the needy.

Apparently if the church doesn't benefit, it is OK to let people starve.

So regardless of the fact that many of his needy speak openly about how they are forced to pray before they are allowed to accept the food, or how other charities accuse "0800 Hungry Food Bank" of hogging all the food resources, this food sits in the warehouse.

Piling up until someone more pious can deliver it.

If you think that the idea of running a food bank just to proselytize to people who are too desperate to say no distasteful, then you are not alone.

How does he justify letting people go hungry while willing people are volunteering to help deliver it?

"It's like sending someone who plays ping-pong out to play for the All Blacks (New Zealand Rugby team)."


Because I thought it was more like giving much needed food to the hungry.  I don't think that the hungry care about whose hands are kind enough to hand it to them.

Kerry does though.

And until his Church gets more involved, nothing else matters.

Not the food that is sitting in his warehouse, not any higher moral purpose or charitable action, and most certainly not the hungry people who call in day after day for help that he promises to give them.

In the 0800 Hungry Food Bank, the needy take a backseat to church membership.

You are right Mr Bensemann, it DOES sound stupid.

Original story- Here


  1. I admit I'm not very up on my Bible; but I seem to recall, when a rich man asked Jesus how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus did not say, "Accept me as your personal savior", nor "Pray out loud so everyone can hear how much you like me." What he did say to the rich man was to sell all his goods, and give the money to the poor and needy.

    But again, been a while since I read it. I'm guessing it's been a while for this guy too. But at least I admit it.

  2. Damn and people wonder why I say churches aren't charities. Thanks for the info J.

    Mistletoe Jesus said a rich man has as much chance of getting into heaven as a camel though the eye of a needle. The way that christians explain this away is they claim the eye of the needle was actually about a gate within the city walls of that time. It was talking about a camel getting though the gate at night. Hey don't ask me how they come up with this but it is one of the things I have heard to explain why being rich is ok in christianity,.

  3. How does this man sleep at night? What a terrible person he is.

  4. What a load of dribble. It is said that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it (as you people are) and prove it!
    Before going on about something you obviously know NOTHING about I suggest you do some research and find out the REAL truth.
    You would be better to get off your Butts and offer to deliver some food. You won't be turned away as J Burgoyne falsely reports.

  5. Lol. Clearly you have something at stake in 0800 hungry food bank. Nice try. But there is no false reporting here. Those are quotes, and if you turn people away who can help. Then maybe it is you who should LET people get off their butts to help, instead of letting people go hungry just because they are not deemed worthy to help.

    I understand that a lot of people HAVE Been fed through your service but this refusal to let some people help based on their religiousity is absolutely immoral and it reveals a new motivation for your "charity"