Thousands of items donated through street collections as demand rises at food banks


Amid a sharp rise in demand at food banks and other distribution organisations, Thrive Together Birmingham began piloting food collections in five streets in the Kings Heath and Hall Green areas of Birmingham.
Volunteers at #Feedbirmingham

The #FeedBirmingham project has grown to cover street collections across the city. The project, supported by Thrive Together Birmingham, a joint venture between the Church of England in the city and Church Urban Fund, is helping top up food supplies in food banks and other agencies across Birmingham.

The project has a number of supporters and partners including the Edgbaston Foundation, Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s charity, which provides a room and volunteers at the Edgbaston cricket ground, and volunteers from West Midlands Police, whose volunteers collect donations from the homes of donors who can’t get to the drop off.

Fred Rattley, Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Together Birmingham and the Bishop of Birmingham’s Community Regeneration director, says people in the city are being encouraged to continue to support their local food banks. The #FeedBirmingham project is aimed at helping refill shelves where food bank supplies are running low. He believes demand will continue to rise.

“The situation has a real potential to get worse as unemployment is likely to rise and more and more people find themselves at food banks needing support. We want to help make sure no one in Birmingham is going hungry.” he said.

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