On Friday 22 July Councillor Mary Locke and volunteers from Bournville Labour Party purchased £600 worth of food for B30 Foodbank from the Stirchley Co-op, thanks to the generosity of our local community.
The money to buy the food came from a variety of sources. Thanks to local people’s generosity, we raised £250 from our tombola at CoCoMAD festival earlier this month. Cllr Locke topped this up to £300. Thanks to Cllr Locke’s good relationship with Central England Co-operative, she was able to persuade them to match our donation, allowing us to purchase £600 worth of food.
What food did we buy?
£600 allowed us to buy lot of essential foods like tinned meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables, as well as long-life milk, cereals, rice, pasta, soup, tea, and more. We also bought nappies and other essential non-food items.
Altogether, we were able to buy 330.40 kg of food. This is equivalent to 1,376 meals, which is more than the average person eats in a year!
Where does the food go?
After buying the food, Roger, an experienced B30 Foodbank volunteer, transported it to the foodbank’s warehouse, where it will be distributed to families in need throughout the summer holidays and beyond.
Demand for emergency food supplies is particularly high during the summer holidays. With around 30% of children in Birmingham claiming free school meals at school (more than double the national average), many parents will struggle to feed their children when schools are closed and some will be referred to B30 Foodbank for emergency support.
Growing demand for foodbanks in our local communities
Since opening in 2013, the B30 Foodbank has operated from the Cotteridge Church two afternoons a week. In 2015, it gave out 4,913 three-day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis and expects this figure to be even higher this year.
Despite being located between chocolate-box Bournville and Restoration-site Kings Norton, 40% of the children in the locality live in poverty. Low wages and job insecurity mean that many local families can find themselves in crisis.
Reflecting on the day, Cllr Mary Locke said:
“At CoCoMad a young mother’s story brought home to us how widespread poverty and hunger are in our community, and how family incomes are suffering as a result of this government’s policies. I would like to thank everyone whose generosity allowed us to support the vital work of B30 Foodbank.”