On Sunday , Cllr Mary Locke, Cllr Karen McCarthy and a team of volunteers from Bournville Labour Party bought just over £1,000 pounds worth of food from Stirchley Co-op and donated it to B30 foodbank.
The food was purchased with money raised from generous donations to Bournville Labour Party’s tombola stall at CoCoMAD festival on 1 July. Altogether, the tombola raffle and sale of books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records raised £500, double the amount raised last year. Once again, Central England Co-operative generously agreed to match our donation, which allowed us to buy just over £1,000 worth of food, enough to provide 2,500 meals for local people in crisis.
Cllr Locke organised the charity tombola so that the foodbank is restocked ahead of the school summer holidays, when demand increases significantly. Around 30% of children in Birmingham claim free school meals. This is more than double the national average. Without this one guaranteed meal, many parents will struggle to feed their children during the summer and so will be reliant on foodbanks like ours for support.
Cllr Mary Locke says, “I was overwhelmed by the support of hundreds of people at CoCoMAD. For seven hours non-stop we had people eager to have a go on the tombola and make donations in aid of B30 Foodbank. You can really tell how much community spirit there is in Bournville.”
“Foodbanks shouldn’t have to exist in this country, but they do because of this Conservative government’s failures. Often, B30 Foodbank gives out more food than it receives in a week. This is why this bulk donation was so essential. Bournville Labour Party will continue to support B30 Foodbank for as long as they need us. We all hope someday soon foodbanks won’t be needed.”
B30 Foodbank doesn’t just help people from Bournville ward. They provide support for families right across South Birmingham, and their stocks are currently running very low. Please visit the B30 Foodbank website for information on the different ways you can help.
Cllr Mary Locke and the whole Bournville Labour Party team want to thank everyone involved in raising over £1,000 for food for B30 Foodbank. We also owe huge thanks also to Central England Co-operative, who agreed to match funds.