Basically, they sent an "undercover reporter" to steal food from the Trussell Trust foodbank. The reporter lied to the woman at the Citizens Advice Bureau and lied to the volunteers at the Trust, claiming to be unemployed and not having enough money to eat. He was given enough food for three days, and wrote an "expose" revealing that the Trussell Trust was giving food away without checking the credentials of those claiming it. The story and the headline accompanying it were supposed to infer that they were not doing their job correctly. The reporter also threw in the line that many of those seeking food aid were asylum seekers (not that he provided any proof of that) - something the Daily Fail is always hot on, with screaming headlines about how the country is being overrrun by illegal benefit claiming immigrant gay communist thieves.
It further insinuated that because the staff had bought his well researched story about being unemployed, including what benefits he was on, that their claim that Trussell Trust foodbanks in the UK alone are now seeing over a million people a year was made up. Of course, this fits the Daily Mail viewpoint, which is one of supporting David Cameron and his poor targeting policies, because the Trussell Trust have challenged Iain Duncan Smith and the Department of Work and Pensions, who have both claimed that the Trust and other foodbanks are exaggerating their claims for political aims, and scaremongering. Because, apparently, foodbanks and the volunteers who run them, have time for the same sort of political bullshit as the DWP and the man who couldn't even be bothered to remain in the House of Commons for a debate on foodbanks, one demanded by over 150,000 signatures from the public.
This is a despicable piece of journalism, if you can even call it that, and further cements the Daily Fail as the bottom feeding rag of choice for the ilk of Iain Duncan Smith and David Cameron - who are, as one of their own MPs so memorably called them, "posh boys who wouldn't know the price of a pint of milk".
The good side of this story, however, is that in response to the Mail on Sunday and their hatchet job, people started pouring money into the Trust via their donation page, with an increase in funding, as of this morning, of around £53,000. Many of the comments left on the page stated the reason they were donating was because they were sickened by the MoS hatchet job. So well done Mail on Sunday - not only did you fail to make people annoyed at foodbanks and side with that odious slug of a man Iain Duncan Smith, but you caused a surge of support for them.
And sadly, that support, and more, is much required in Britain today, as the policies pursued by Cameron and Smith further push the faces of the poor and the vulnerable into the mud. I really hope Scotland sees the light and votes for independence in September (and the latest polls are putting it neck and neck now), because then we'll never have to deal with Conservative scum like Iain Duncan Smith.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Trussell Trust and help someone eat, here's the link to their page: