A Foodbank Isn't Just for Christmas
As well as the regular Macmillan Coffee Mornings we hold at all three of our offices, in 2019 we will be supporting the Black Country Foodbank.
Here's some information about the Foodbank and how you can help them too - you can even drop donations into our offices in Stourbridge, Halesowen and Hagley and we'll make sure they go to the right place.
What do we do?
Black Country Foodbank is a Christian based charity. It was set up in 2006 to provide 3 days of nutritionally balanced food to vulnerable individuals and families in crisis whilst they are engaged with an agency to tackle the underlying problems and develop a longer term solution. From small beginnings when 450 meals were provided in the first year, Foodbank has grown and now provides over182,000 meals annually.
How does it operate?
Food vouchers are distributed by local organisations. These various agencies act as referral partners and use their expertise to issue vouchers to those they consider to be in need. The clients then take the voucher to one of the many Distribution Centres located in the Black Country where they exchange it for enough food and toiletries to last 3 days. At the centre they will be offered a drink and the opportunity to chat to one of the volunteers.
Where do the supplies come from?
The food distributed by Foodbank is non-perishable/long-life and is obtained through donations which can be taken to the individual Distribution Centres or the main storehouse in Brierley Hill. As well as private individuals many churches, schools, businesses and Voucher Holding Agencies throughout the Black Country support Foodbank by regular collections and also at special times of the year such as Harvest.
Here is a sample of some of the items we collect - a full listing can be found at www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk
Milk (UKT or powder, preferably semi-skimmed) Tinned meat/fish
Fruit Juice (carton long life) Rice pudding
Tinned vegetables Jars of pasta sauce
Shampoo/Conditioner Shower gel/foam
Shaving foam Deodorants (male/female)
Ready meals - macaroni cheese/curry/stew Tinned fruit
If you feel you would like to help Foodbank by collecting for us, maybe at your place of work, church or school please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you some information to help get you started.
Raising funds to support Black Country Foodbank is vital. Besides various fundraising events it is also possible to donate by visiting our webpage www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk
For further information about Black Country Foodbank and to see a list of our Distribution Centres please visit our web page www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk