BIRMINGHAM CENTRAL FOODBANK - LATEST NEWS
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News and events
We're delighted to be working with a new initiative called 'Suited for Success'. The project encourages people to donate suits for the unemployed to wear to job interviews.
The project has been set up by a group of young professionals from several corporate businesses in the city who are encouraging colleagues to donate suits and smart office wear to help unemployed people with interview clothes to make that first great impression.
Birmingham Central Foodbank is the drop off point for the Suited for Success donations that will then be accessed by people who have been referred through our foodbank, other Birmingham Trussell Trust foodbanks and the network of Birmingham Job Clubs supported by Jericho Foundation. All referred clients will need a guaranteed job interview.
Read more about Suited for Success
After reading on social media about our foodbank van being stolen Midlands Truck & Van Ltd Mercedes-Benz have loaned us a replacement van for a few weeks free of charge (including the insurance) until we get our own van back on the road.
But not only have they loaned us a brand new van they've even signed the van up with our logo too. We so grateful for their amazing support. Read the full story
On Friday 2nd January thieves stole our foodbank van right off our carpark. The van was then found in Washwood Heath after an anonymous tip off from a member of the public. Read our story in the Birmingham Mail.
Christmas has come early at Mercedes-Benz Birmingham Central. From the 1 December Santa's sleigh will be in their city centre showroom ready to collect donations for Birmingham Central Foodbank alongside Birmingham’s Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Santa's little helpers
Customers are being asked to kindly donate a a non-perishable food parcel between the 1-18 December to support families that will go without this Christmas.
The food will be delivered to Birmingham Central Foodbank on Friday 19th December by Santa and his little helpers.
Thank You Mercedes-Benz Birmingham Central.
A BIG THANK YOU to ITV Good Morning Britain, our Ladywood Tesco stores, our FAB volunteers (including the fantastic team from Barclays) and the tons of generous Tesco shoppers that donated to our Tesco store collections!!!
We collected just over 2 TONS of food (which will provide over 1260 family meals) and £322 in cash donations and not forgetting the Tesco 30% top-up which amounts to just over £1000.
The donations will go a long way to help families and individuals put food on the table over Christmas and the coming winter months.
We can't say THANK YOU enough !!!
In Pictures - See our team in action at the collection
Good Morning Britain launches 'Meal Appeal' campaign, encouraging support of our foodbanks. Find out more...
Low income and welfare problems see foodbank numbers rise by 38% despite economic recovery. Find out more
Can you Help One Person Eat this Christmas? Find out how you can help Birmingham Central Foodbank stop people going hungry this Christmas... Read more
A BIG THANK YOU to the team of HSBC senior managers (from Bham New Street branch) for spending today clearing and decorating our snazzy new staff and counselling rooms at our foodbank.
A fantastic transformation
The HSBC branch also generously funded the decorating project buying all the paint, chairs and furniture, staff lockers, carpet and accessories.
See pictures of the transformation and the team hard at work
Birmingham Central Foodbank took part in the national Tesco collection on Friday 3rd - 5th July 2014. We had a fantastic 3 day Tesco collection at our local Five Ways and Springhill Tesco stores.
Our team collected at the Tesco Fiveways and Springhill stores in Ladywood and had a great response from shoppers. We collected 130 boxes of food and just over £150 in cash donations too.
A fab team from Barclays gave us a helping hand over two of the collection which was a massive help we also had fantastic hospitality and support from the Tesco staff and managers.
Thank you Tesco shoppers
Kind Tesco shoppers generously donated just under 2.5tons of food and money donations of over £150. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!
The national partnership between Trussell Trust and Tesco saw over 400 Trussell Trust foodbanks collecting food donations in their local stores.
See our July 2014 Tesco collection in pictures
Amazing singers and musicians from Birmingham Christian Centre were joined by a string section from the Birmingham Conservatoire for a live concert on Saturday 22nd March to launch a new debut Christian music album called In Reverence.
The fantastic concert raised an AMAZING '£2340' for Birmingham Central Foodbank (all proceeds from the ticket and CD sales).
A team of our foodbank volunteers also helped on the evening welcoming guests as they arrived ensuring everyone enjoyed the evening.
About In Reverence
In Reverence is a contemporary Christian music album featuring creative rearrangements of popular songs performed by talented Birmingham singers and musicians.
The CD album is still available to buy from Birmingham Christian Centre for £5 and now available on iTunes for £6.32.all proceeds will be donated to Birmingham Central Foodbank ( call 0121 236 2997 for more details). Read more...
Buy In Reverence on iTunes
Watch the In Reverence promo trailer
It was great to have Liam Byrne MP, Cllr John Cotton and Cllr Tim Evans spend the morning at Birmingham Central Foodbank on Friday 7th May. They saw first hand how we work, learned more about our statistics and the issues our clients clients are experiencing.
Poverty in the city
They also spent some time talking to clients about the reasons why they are having to use a foodbank.
The visit form part of their research for a policy commission on child poverty in the city.
Use the following links to read more about child poverty in Birmingham:
Joseph Rowentree Foundation - Poverty in Birmingham
End Child Poverty - UK Poverty map
BBC News - Mapping child poverty
We regularly host visits from local and national media including newspapers, TV news and radio. Working with the media gives us the chance to help raise the profile of UK hunger and the work of Trussell Trust foodbanks so that more people get help.
Spotlight in the media
Take a look at a snapshop of recent media stories featuring Birmingham Central Foodbank...
Birmingham Central Foodbank in the media
At Birmingham Central Foodbank we really value the support we get from corporate companies and organisations. From creative fundraising, food and financial donations to fun one-off volunteer team days at our foodbank centre.
Take a look at stories and pictures from our recent corporate volunteer days at Birmingham Central Foodbank.
Get in touch with us if you would like your office team or company to fundraise or do a volunteer team day with at Birmingham Central Foodbank.
EMAIL: email@example.com or TEL: 0121 236 2997.
See our corporate volunteers in action
We've been really overwhelmed by the amount of generous donations that came flooding in from city offices, workplaces, schools, hospitals, churches, colleges, city universities and more... just before Christmas 2013.
Over '3 TONS' of food donations came flooding in from local businesses, schools, churches, colleges the general public and more... Many collections were organised in city offices, workplaces, schools, hospitals, colleges and city universities.
Several donations were also made by churches, community groups, charity organstions and really kind families and individuals all wanting to help someone eat this Christmas.
See our thank you list and tons of pictures
Christmas is a time when our thoughts turn to sharing with family, friends and loved ones.
This Christmas could you help Birmingham Central Foodbank share HOPE with families and individuals in our local community by donating dried and tinned non-perishable food items from our shopping list to help provide emergency food parcels.
Christmas food donations
Find out more about our Christmas HOPE campaign and how could donate as an individual or have bit of festive fun by organising a Christmas food collection at your school, church, community group or workplace.
At Birmingham Central Foodbank we hear stories everyday from families and individuals who are resisting putting the heating on in the home so they can put meals on the table.
Heat or eat
We see first hand the affects the freezing weather has on the clients who are referred to the foodbank; the majority of whom are in crisis or on low incomes and do not have the means to adequately heat their homes throughout the winter months. We're also seeing people come through our doors without an adequate coat to keep them warm.
Donate a quilt
Do you have a spare quilt or winter coat you no longer need? Throughout December - March Birmingham Central Foodbank will be handing out quilts and coats to clients referred to us to help families and individuals save on their heating bills and keep warm this winter.
Find out how you can donate
After nearly 3 months of stripping, painting, plastering, decorating, fixing, shifting, packing, sorting, moving and more... we are have finally finished and moved into our new home.
Birmingham Central Foodbank is now based at Re.Source Central, 121 Camden Street, Birmingham, B1 3DJ.
Our new home
Our new bigger centre has a large two storey warehouse space, two offices and a cafe area to offer clients a place to sut and have a tea or coffee while access help, advice and support.
Read more about our move and our new centre.
On Saturday 27th July our foodbank volunteers helped out at our local community summer fun day in Ladywood. From setting up the park early this morning to facepainting, stewarding, organising the fun sports games and helping to clear up and close down at the end of the day.
A fantastic day
We all had a fantastic day in the hot sunshine supporting the community that our foodbank serves. We also saw several foodbank clients who are now back on their feet and they expressed how grateful they were of the help they've recently received from us.
Birmingham Central Foodbank is so much more than just food.
See our foodbank volunteers in action at the fun day
Birmingham Central Foodbank took part in a big nationwide Tesco collection on Friday 5th and 6th Saturday July 2013. The national partnership between Trussell Trust and Tesco saw over 300 Trussell Trust foodbanks collecting food donations in their local stores.
Thank you Tesco shoppers
Our team collected at the Tesco Fiveways and Springhill stores in Ladywood and had a great response from shoppers. We collected 130 boxes of food and just over £150 in cash donations too.
Thank you so much to all the customers who donated food helping to make a difference in their local community.
See our foodbank volunteers in action in our picture gallery
A MASSIVE BIG THANK YOU to staff from Turley Associates based on Colmore Row in Birmingham City Centre. They closed their office for the afternoon last Thursday (25th July) and spent a few hours painting our new foodbank warehouse.
The Birmingham based office also donated a really generous £3000 towards buying all our new shelves and racking for the new warehouse to store all our food and other emergency resources... how fab is that!!!! :o)
A BIG thanks again to all the staff at Turleys Associates (Birmingham) - everyone enjoyed the day too.
Read more about their day...
A BIG THANK YOU to the Danone Baby and Toddler Nutrition UK team who spent a volunteer day with Birmingham Central Foodbank on Tuesday 23rd July.
They spent the day sorting and packing a large donation of mini shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, soaps and men's razors into over 500 personal hygiene packs.
Read more about their day...
THE WAIT IS OVER!! We have finally signed the lease and got the keys for our NEW CENTRE in the central area of Birmingham to run our foodbank from.
The new warehouse centre will be called 'Re.Source Central' and will be the new home for Birmngham Central Foodbank as well as other support services that we will be developing over the coming months to do more to help those in need. The 3500 sqft warehouse centre is over two floors. Our volunteers will be buys over the summer cleaning, decorating and transforming it.
The plan is to open the new centre the end of September /beginning October. Until then we'll continue to collect food donations at Birmingham Christian Centre and operate our distribution days in the same locations on Wednesday and Friday.
Find out more about our new centre
Birmingham Central Foodbank is the busiest it's ever been since opening it's doors in October 2011. The demand for emergency parcels has soared since the UK welfare reform was introduced on 1st April 2013.
Previous to 1st April an average busy shift at Birmingham Central Foodbank would see around 25 referrals to the foodbank, last week we saw numbers double to over '55 REFERRALS'. From when the doors open at 10am clients referred from agencies across the central area of the city stream through the doors until closing at 1.30pm.
The welfare reform and cuts in citywide services is leaving families and individuals struggling to cope and are having to make the choice to pay bills or put food on the table.
Fundraising efforts stepped up
As demands continue to rise so will the fundraising efforts of the foodbank team as we encourage local schools, churches, business and individuals to keep supporting us with their generous food donations.
Find out how you get donate to Birmingham Central Foodbank
On Saturday 18th May the Birmingham Central Foodbank team were blown away when a group of Birmingham Harley Owner Group riders rumbled in to drop off a huge food donation.
The Birmingham bike riders all in impressive leathers, helmets and boots rolled in on amazing motorcycles all in formation with big waves and smiles. Following them was a van brimming with donated tinned and dried food items for Birmingham Central Foodbank.
Our foodbank volunteers helped the bikers unload the van full of food before taking the exciting opportunity to go for a ride with a few of the bikers, which especially pleased some of the bike lovers on the team.
A totally awesome morning
Birmingham Central Foodbank manager, Patricia Hoskins sums up the exciting day: "We got so excited when we heard a loud rumble of bikes approaching it was so exhilarating.
"Even though in some ways we may be worlds apart, today we all came together under one cause ‘to help feed our hungry neighbours’.
Read the full story and see the pictures
On Monday 25th February a team of staff from youth training provider, Juniper took on our Birmingham Central Foodbank team challenge.
In just a few hours the team collected a fantastic 350kg of food (that's the equivalent of providing 220 meals for a family with children). The team also collect food from their work collegues, family members and neighbours.
Read more about their challenge day and see the pictures
Due to the increasing demands on Birmingham Central Foodbank we are currently exploring ways we can expand and further support your clients and organisations.
NEW EMERGENCY DAY OPEN ON A MONDAY 10AM - 1PM
We are currently developing our capacity to open Birmingham Central Foodbank three days a week. We have now started an EMERGENCY DISTRIBUTION DAY on a MONDAY at the Salvation Army Birmingham Citadel Centre, 24 St Chads Queensway, B4 6HH, 10AM - 1PM.
For the moment the new Monday opening time will be for EMERGENCY REFERRALS ONLY (i.e clients or support workers urgently needing a food parcel and can't wait until our Wednesday) all other clients must be referred to our normal Wednesday and Friday opening times and locations.
Birmingham Central Foodbank is working together with the Salvation Army to open the Monday EMERGENCY distribution day. The new Monday location is still part of Birmingham Central Foodbank, ALL referred clients and support workers MUST TAKE take a Birmingham Central Foodbank red food voucher to recieve a food parcel.
Address: The Salvation Army, Birmingham Citadel, 24 St Chads Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6HH
How to get to the Salvation Army Birmingham Citadel centre.
NEW PLANS FOR BIRMINGHAM CENTRAL FOODBANK
We are working on exciting plans to to fully establish opening Birmingham Central Foodbank 3 days a week within the next few months. More news will be released very soon.
If you have any questions or queries about referring a client to the Salvation Army on our emergency Monday distribution day please don't hesitate to call the Birmingham Central Foodbank office on 0121 236 2997.
The Birmingham Central Foodbank team have been overwhelmed again this year by the amount of generous food and financial donations we recieved during over the Christmas period.
Over '3 TONS' of food donations came flooding in from local businesses, schools, churches, colleges the general public and more...
Many collections were organised in city offices and workplaces, several donations were also made by groups, organstion and really kind families and individuals all wanting to help someone else eat this Christmas.
Find out more about our Christmas donations
The Bull Ring open markets and Birmingham foodbanks are linking up to help struggling families this Christmas. Shoppers in Birmingham can help the Bull Ring Markets and three city foodbanks to help struggling families this Christmas.
A Christmas meal on the table
On Tuesday 18th December shoppers buying their fresh fruit and vegetables for the festive season will be encouraged to generously donate a few items of food at a special foodbank collection down at the Bull Ring open markets.
The food will be used to create special Christmas hampers will help to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas day for struggling Birmingham families.
Find out how you can help
Help One Person Eat
In these difficult financial times low-income families are increasingly being faced with a tough choice between putting food on the table and keeping their house warm.
Christmas is a time when our thoughts turn to sharing with family, friends and loved ones.
This Christmas could you help Birmingham Central Foodbank to share HOPE with families and individuals in our local community by donating dried and tinned non-perishable food items from our shopping list to help provide emergency food parcels.
You could donate as an individual or have bit of festive fun by organising a Christmas food collection at your school, church, community group or workplace.
Food items URGENTLY NEEDED!!!
We are currently really short of the following food items: UHT Milk, Sugar, Cereal and Pasta sauce. We would really appreciate donations of these items to provide in the emergency food parcels.
See more ideas on how you can get involved this Christmas
On Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd December 2012 we had a fantastic weekend collecting food at our local TESCO superstores in Ladywood Birmingham as part of the 'Help Feed People in Need' Tesco Campaign.
Over the weekend we collected just under £3700 worth of food and £1360 in cash donations (including a cheque for £1000 from a single donor who's a resident from the local community).
Every CAN will help someone in need ...
The foodbank team, Tesco staff and managers at both Tesco Springhill and Tesco Edgbaston superstores were completely 'BLOWN AWAY' by the generousity of the shoppers. From a single can to a trolley load of food or shoppers who came in for just a couple of items for themselves but shopped for us instead leaving with an empty trolley it was fantastic!!!
The quote of the weekend from one of the generous customers has to be.. "I only came in for mint sauce" :o)
Read more and see the pictures...
Throughout the harvest month of October ‘tons’ of food donations came flooding into Birmingham Central Foodbank.
Amazing amounts of tinned and dried food was collected by local schools, churches and individuals celebrating the month of harvest.The total amount of food collected will provide over 3800 meals for local families in crisis over the next few winter months.
Happy Birthday Birmingham Central Foodbank
We also celebrated our one year anniversary. We first opened our doors in Ladywood on Wednesday 5th October 2011. Since then we have provided emergency food parcels for over 4200 adults and children in Birmingham.
However we couldn’t have done it without the continuous generous support from local schools, businesses, churches and very kind individuals who like us want to stop people going hungry in our local communities.
Read more about our amazing harvest month of October
Kicking off our month of harvest a group of young people on a Prince’s Trust Youth scheme did an apprentice style foodbank challenge on Monday 1st October to see how much food they could collect for us in one day!
Split up into two teams they were set the task at the start of the day to use their networks and creativityto collect as many food items as they can, the team with the most items wins.
After several hours using great team work and communication skills the young team collected a just over 360 items of food!!! The group thoroughly enjoyed the day and saw it as a way of giving something back.
Carla 18 took part in the challenge and said: “I didn’t think I would have the confidence to ask for charity donations it’s been an absolutely fantastic day. I was homeless and pregnant when I was 15 and I got help now I've been able to give back.”
Read more about their challenge and see pictures from the day
As food and fuel bills continue to rise we need plenty of help this harvest to stock up Birmingham Central Foodbank storeroom to help those who will struggle over the coming winter months.
Harvest: A time to share
Throughout the harvest month of October we're encouraging schools, businesses, churches and more to get involved by donating any tinned and dried food items from our list to create a meal. Our list includes cereal, milk, sugar, tinned vegetables, tinned soup, pasta, rice, tinned meat and fish, fruit juice, biscuits, tea and coffee...
Alternatively, you can help feed a family with children by donating just £5 to purchase a meal.
The Birmingham branch of the Royal British Legion is one our newest referral agencies that have recently signed up to Birmingham Central Foodbank as a food voucher distributor.
Welfare support for Ex-Service men
The organisation is committed to helping ex-Service people and their families with a wide range of wefare support services.
Birmingham Central Foodbank are really happy to support the Royal British Legion in Birmingham support those who have served our country.
A big thank you to members of the Birmingham Rotary Club who have been generously supporting Birmingham Central Foodbank. Over the last few weeks we have recieved several large food donations collected by the club members when meeting for their fortnightly lunch in the city centre.
Generous financial donations from the club has also helped to kick start our pilot project to provide fresh bread as part our food parcels with special priority given to families with children.
'Serving above self'
The Birmingham Rotary Club is part of a worldwide organisation called Rotary International bringing together business and professional leaders to serve those most in need across the world.
The generous support from the Birmingham club members has really helped us to continue provide emergency food parcels while our stocks run critically low.
A big thank you!
Members of the community observing the Islamic month of Ramadan have been generously donating food to Birmingham Central Foodbank throughout the month. On Friday 10th August we recieved another large donation of food from a generous family.
|A kind ramadan donation
Birmingham Central Foodbank (part of Trussell Trust) is a Christian charity project run by local churches in Ladywood working together, however we are INCLUSIVE of ALL faiths, cultures, races, ages and backgrounds.
Emergency food for local people in crisis
Trussell Trust foodbanks are about EVERYONE in a community working together to support their local foodbank and helping those most in need.
Find out how you can get involved and donate to Birmingham Central Foodbank.
Also read more about Trussell Trust's work
Birmingham Central Foodbank got into the Jamaican 50 years independance celebrations spirit by helping Cleone foods to donate a 50 inch Jamaican patty to one of our referral agencies in Handsworth.
|Residents were delighted to recieve the big patty feast
Hockley-based Cleone Foods created the MEGA 50” Island Delight Patty to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence and hoped to create a World Record in the process.
The oversized patty was later donated to the residents of Midland Heart supported accommodation on Trinity Close in Hansworth via Birmingham Central Foodbank. The hostel provides accommodation to men over the age of 45 requiring additional support in living independence.
Waiting for the patty to arrive
With help from support workers the residents prepared a colourful salad and a fruit punch (as part of a life skills programme) and decorated the day room with Jamaican flags while waiting eagerly for the patty to arrive.
|See residents at Trinity Close enjoy the patty
Patricia Hoskins, Birmingham Central Foodbank Manager said: " We support a variety of services, agencies and charities across the inner city area of Birmingham with emergency food parcels. The Midland Heart hostel at Trinity Close, Handsworth is one of our referral agencies; we suggested the patty go there as a fun way for their residents to celebrate Jamaica independance and have a tasty meal together too.
"It was great to work with Cleone Foods on this project.We'll look forward to working with Cleone Foods again on future projects."
Helping our local community
Cleone Foods managing director Wade Lyn, commented: “What a fantastic way to celebrate our 50th anniversary of independence and at the same time help our local community."
Cleone Foods have been baking and producing authentic recipe Jamaican patties inBirmingham since 1989, being the very first UK company to produce an authentic Jamaican patty product sold through supermarkets.
Read more about Cleone Foods mega patty http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/giant-patty-jamaica-50?quicktabs_1=0
Birmingham City Centre based company Turley Associates kick started a two year partnership with Birmingham Central Foodbank with a fun team makeover day and a very generous donation.
On Thursday 12th July 2012 15-strong team from the urban design and planning consultancy company rolled up their sleeves and swapped their suits for jeans and decorating clothes. They spent the afternoon working with members of the Birmingham Central Foodbank team to spruce up the gardens at a Ladywood Community Project and to decorate the adjoining Ladywood Credit Union building.
A generous donation
Turley Associates recently donated a generous cheque for £2,000 to Birmingham Central Foodbank from the company’s charitable trust to kick-start a two year partnership with us and will be doing ongoing fundraising through various office initiatives and food collections.
Half of the donation (£1000) has gone towards buying food for the foodbank and the other £1000 helped to fund the community action day including a brand new floor and children's furniture for the Ladywood Credit Union. The transformation at both the projects was amazing.
Read the full feature and see the pictures.
Birmingham Central Foodbank is now working closely with a rough sleepers homeless outreach organisation based in central Birmingham. Reach Out Network to provide emergency food.
We work with over 70 referral agencies to provide emergency food parcels for people in crisis. Our most challenging client group are homeless rough sleepers as they have no cooking facilities.
Reach Out Network are a small team of volunteers led by project manager Paul Atkins who venture out into the city centre and outskirts several times a week to reach out to the homeless, distributing coffee, soup and sandwiches to those sleeping rough.
Emergency food for rough sleepers
Birmingham Central Foodbank is now helping to support the organisation by providing tea, coffee, milk, sugar, biscuits, cereal bars and small juice boxes for their weekly outreach.
More donations of the food items above are needed to support rough sleepers and homeless clients with no cooking facilities.
Find out how and where you can make a food donation
Thank you for your continuing support!
Birmingham University students going home for the summer have been clearing their food cupboards for Birmingham Central Foodbank.
The end of summer term food donation campaign took place across the Edgbaston campus, The Vale student village and the Selly Oak campus.
Food items included tea, coffee, biscuits, choclates, pasta and variety of international foods. The generous donations have already helped to provide emergency food for families and individuals.
A big thank you to Birmingham University :o)
The children at Hall Green Junior School have been giving up their pocket money for seven weeks and donated over '3300 items of food' to Birmingham Central Foodbank.
The food collection was part of a seven week school project where the children aged between 7 - 11yrs were encouraged to do chores around the house for their parents and got paid in food items instead of pocket money (i.e making their bed for a tin of beans etc...)
Every year Hall Green Junior School supports one charity; this year the children choose 'Birmingham Central Foodbank'.
Read the full story and see a picture gallery
On Friday 11th May, Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood visited Birmingham Central Foodbank. The MP was really interested in how the foodbank works and congratulated us on the work we are doing to support those in need.
During the short visit the Ladywood MP Shabana met some of the volunteers and was shown exactly how the Foodbank works.
Inspired by the visit
Whilst there, Shabana spoke with Patricia Hoskins, the Foodbank Manager, about how the Foodbank works on a day to day basis and what goes into a food parcel. The Ladywood MP was also told about the wide variety of people being referred to the foodbank and how referrals have really increased in recent months. Shabana then took time out to speak to people who had been referred to the foodbank.
Shabana said she is really happy to fully support Birmingham Central Foodbank and the work that we do.
“The visit to the Food Bank was truly inspiring. The charity is such a worthy cause and makes a huge difference to the lives of so many people across my constituency and the whole of Birmingham.” - Shabana Mahmood MP.
Due to a BIG increase in demand for emergency food parcels over the last few months our food stock is now critically low.
Since launching the foodbank in October 2011 we have helped to support almost 2000 ADULTS AND CHILDREN with emergency food.
Individuals and families being referred to the foodbank are experiencing a wide range of crisis' from domestic violence, homelessness, low income, debt, recoverying addicts, mental health issues, ex-offenders trying to get back on their feet and more...
We are working with over 50 agencies ranging from social workers, children centres, schools, debt advice agencies, addiction recovery support agencies, domestic violence support, family support workers, homeless support agencies and more...
How you can help
You can make a food or financial donation to Birmingham Central Foodbank it can be either a one off financial gift via a bank standing order or credit card or arrange a food collection at your work place. Big or small, every gift you give helps transform lives. We couldn’t do what we do without your support.
Find out how you can help
Over the last few weeks Trussell Trust foodbanks been making the news headlines after annual figures showed a big increase of people being referred to the foodbanks.
The Daily Mirror featured Birmingham Central Foodbank in a double page spread highlighting the hidden poverty in Birmingham and how families and individuals are really struggling to eat.
From the BBC and ITV news to the Guardian and Independant News papers, Trussell Foodbanks got caught in the middle of a media frenzy, howvever the positive thing to come out of all the media attention is that it raises awareness of people going hungry across the UK.
Birmingham Central Foodbank has had visits from the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and Heart FM radio.
The Daily Mirror newspaper feature includes comments from people the journalist spoke to on the day when he came who had been referred to the foodbank for emergency food.
Read the full Daily Mirror newspaper article here
Over 100 people did non-stop Zumba for just over 2 HOURS to raise money for Birmingham Central Foodbank. We raised just over £750.
The money will be used to buy food and other emergency support item including babies nappies and personal hygiene items to help families, adults and children in our local communities experiencing a crisis.
Well worth all the time, effort, hard work, sweat, aches, pains and energy.
Read more about the fundraising event
Every individual and family that comes to Birmingham Central Foodbank has a story to tell about why they have come to the foodbank for an emergency food parcel.
From relationship breakdowns, redundancy and homelessness to recovering from addictions, living on a low income and falling into financial crisis - everyone has a life story to tell at the foodbank.
Listen to real life stories from people who have come to Birmingham Central Foodbank: http://birminghamcentral.foodbank.org.uk/digital-life-stories
The Birmingham Central Foodbank team had a great day at our FIRST foodbank supermarket collection at the Springhill Tesco store in Ladywood on Saturday 30th March.
After months of negotiations and the help of the store's Community Champion, Mark Bent, we were given a prominant spot in the downstairs main entrance foyer for a day to collect food donations.
It was a slow start but picked up later in the afternoon. By the end of the day we recieved almost 4 large trolleys of donated food from generous shoppers :o) We also used the opportunity to promote our Zumbathon fundraiser event on Saturday 21st April and had zumba music playing to create a fun atmosphere.
The day was a great opportunity to highlight the needs in our community, we were also able to signpost a customer whose daughter has sadly recently lost her husband to cancer and needs financial advice and emergency food.
The Tesco staff were great too, really supportive. We're already planning something fun for our next collection!
See our pictures from the day....
Shake off your winter blues and get ready for spring - join our Zumbathon Party on Saturday 21st April to raise funds for Birmingham Central Foodbank and help stop local people going hungry.
DATE: SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2012
VENUE: Birmingham Christian Centre, Parade, Birmingham, B1 3QQ (How to find us)
REGISTRATION: (9.30am – 10.25am)
EVENT TIME: 10.30am - 12.30pm (no entry after 10.45am)
ADMISSION £7 OVER 16s ONLY: (includes a free bottle of water and entry into the prize draw - bring a food item too)
SEE FULL DETAILS: http://birminghamcentral.foodbank.org.uk/zumbathon
Take a glimpse at life inside Birmingham Central Foodbank with our new picture gallery.
No two days at Birmingham Central Foodbank are ever the same due to the wide variety of people referred to us from the frontline support agencies we work with. However people are always guaranteed a warm welcome, cup of tea or coffee and a listening ear by our dedicated team of volunteers.
See our new picture gallery here: http://birminghamcentral.foodbank.org.uk/picture-gallery
Read more about Birmingham Central Foodbank and how you can support our work.
After months of negotiation a supermarket collection has been planned for Saturday 31st March at the Springhill Tesco store.
Come and see the team at the store between 10am - 4pm.
Local churches have been making generous donations of food to Birmingham Central Foodbank during the period of lent.
Donations have been recieved from the Birmingham Cathedral in the city centre, St John's Church in Harborne, St Faith and St Laurence, Harborne, St John's and St Peters Ladywood and Birmingham Christian Centre.
Thank you for helping to make a difference.
The Birmingham Central Foodbank team have been overwhelmed by all the generous food donations we recieved during Christmas 2011.
Due to a huge increase in people being referred to us needing emergency food parcels our stock levels were running critically low with many of our shelves almost bare. Thanks to the amazing generousity from the public donating food on the run up to Christmas our shelves are now stocked up ready to help people in need during the cold winter months.
Food donations came flooding in from local businesses, schools, churches, colleges, universities, the general public and more... Many collections were organised in offices and workplaces, several donations were also made by groups, organstion and individuals.
Read more including our thank you list
Holte School in Lozells has collected a record 131 food hampers and donated them to Birmingham Central Foodbank. Pupils in years 7 – 10 donated non-perishable food and treats for several weeks and created decorative Christmas hampers to be given to needy in their local community.
The food hamper collection is an annual activity for the school. The young students usually collect around 70 – 80 hampers. Assistant Head Teacher Andy Oliver says this is a record year for them.
“The pupils have surpassed all of ourexpectations this year and have shown real compassion for those in lessfortunate situations. For an age group that often gets a bad press, the pupilsof Holte School have hopefully redressed the balance a little and shown exactlywhat young people are capable of.
This year the school chose Birmingham Central Foodbank as the recipient for their hampers after hearing of the dwindling stocks and the work done by the foodbank in assemblies.”
Birmingham Central Foodbank Project Manager, Patricia Hoskins says the young people have shown incredible generosity:
“It was fantastic walking into the school hall and seeing the amazing amount hampers stacked high.
Each hamper was decorated with festive wrapping and little Christmas cards, poems and messages. It was so lovely to see.”
Birmingham Central Foodbank also donated some of the food to St Paul and Silas Church in Lozells to deliver as hampers to families and individuals in the area who would have otherwise gone without this Christmas.
Well done Holte School! :o)
Birmingham University student Lauren Butcher collected several large containers of food for Birmingham Central Foodbank as part of a UK wide Christmas food drive campaign.
Lauren was one of three Birmingham representatives for the national youth voluntary organisation Team V and did a food drive at the Vale student village on Birmingham University campus in Edgbaston. Campus students were encouraged to donate non-perishable foods for foodbank.
Team V is an innovative youth volunteering scheme lead by the charity vinspired, is a national group of creative and motivated young people, tasked with tackling key social issues in their communities.
The Christmas 2011 initiative was part of a UK wide initiative to address the issue of food poverty in town, cities and villages across the UK.
Well done Lauren! :o)
Read more about Team V
On Thursday 22nd December 2011 ITN News did a feature on how many families in the UK recently hit by poverty are turning to food banks.
ITN reporter Rupert Evelyn visited the Trussell Trust foodbank in Salisbury and saw how vital foodbanks are.
Watch the ITN News video report here
As rising food costs and fuel bills hit struggling families in the city, Birmingham Central Foodbank will be forces with Aston and Nechells and Sparkhill Fodbanks to joint city centre food drive on Saturday 10th December. Food donations collected will help stop people in Birmingham going hungry this winter.
The Trussell Trust foodbanks have all recently opened in the city and are working together in response to the huge demand of people needing emergency food parcels.
The joint city centre collection will take place on Saturday 10th December in Birmingham Cathedral square from 12pm and during the annual Carols in the City event between 2 – 5.30pm.
People attending the Carols in the City event are being asked to bring 2 or 3 non-perishable food items to donate at the foodbank collection point. The foodbanks are hoping to collect several tons of food on the day to help provide emergency parcels for hundreds of needy families and individuals in Birmingham who will struggle to put meals on the table this winter due to rising food costs and fuel bills.
Project manager for Birmingham Central Foodbank, Patricia Hoskins says, generous donationsfrom the public are needed to help cope with demand: “We have seen referrals double in the last couple of weeks, people coming to us are families on very low incomes struggling to cope, redundancies, homelessness and more.
The city foodbanks are working together in a united effort to collect food so that we can help support those most in need. The spirit of Christmas is about sharing; we really hope people attending the Carols in the City event will bring their generous food donations and share with those who will struggle to eat this winter.”
Several thousand people are expected to attend the free annual Carols in the City event on Saturday 10th December featuring an open air nativity and carol service from 2pm in Birmingham Cathedral square.
Visit the Carols in the City website
As the weather gets colder Birmingham Central Foodbank is seeing a HUGE increase in referred families and individuals needing emergency food parcels.
Friday 2nd December saw our busiest shift since opening in early October. We
Since opening Birmingham Central Foodbank has provided food parcels for over 600 adults and children.
We've had a busy first month at Birmingham Central Foodbank operating at two distribution locations in Ladywood on 2 days a week. We have so far helped over 220 adults and children with emergency food.
Another 8 agencies have signed up as referrer to Birmingham Central Foodbank and we've dealt with a variety of cases from job loss, domestic violence, homelessness, ex-prisoners, asylum seekers, people struggling with debt and more...
As the weather gets colder the increase in fuel prices will start to affect families and individuals, with many having to make the choice between keeping the house warm and putting food on the table.
On the run up to Christmas, people are being asked to share a thought for those who are in need in our local communities and take advantage of the many special foods offers in the supermarkets to donate food to Birmingham Central Foodbank.
Find out how to donate food to Birmingham Central Foodbank
The opening of Birmingham Central Foodbank on 5th October has been boosted with a bumper harvest festival.
Boxes, bags and bins brimming with dried and tinned food including pasta, rice, cereals, soup, vegetables, milk, sugar, tea, coffee, meats and fish have been generouly donated by local churches, schools and businesses.
More food and donations are still coming in as we come to the end of the harvest festival season.
ALL food collected will go towards providing emergency food parcels to local people referred to Birmingham Central Foodbank.
A big thank you so far to...
- Birmingham Christian Centre
- St John's and St Peter's Church, Ladywood
- St Augustine's Church, Edgbaston
- Barford Primary School, Ladywood
Are you having a harvest festival and would like to donate your food to Birmingham Central Foodbank? We would love to hear from you please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time for you to deliver your collected food.
Also find out how can get involved with collecting food for Birmingham Central Foodbank.
(Above picture: Harvest Festival Service at Birmingham Christian Centre on Sunday 2nd October, 2011)
Birmingham Central Foodbank is the first Trussell Trust foodbank to open in the city helping people in need across the inner city.
Central Ladywood is the base for the new foodbank that officially opened it’s doors to the public on Wednesday 5th October 2011.
The opening was boosted by a bumper harvest collection of just over 2 tons of food kindly donated by local churches, schools and businesses.
Birmingham Central Foodbank is so far working together with around 12 local churches and 15 referral agencies across the Ladywood and Soho Wards in the city also parts of Edgbaston, Hockley, Newtown, Lozells and Handsworth helping individuals and families experiencing a short-term crisis through the provision of emergency food parcels.
The foodbank is open two 2 days a week (10am – 1.30pm) and currently operates in two distribution locations in central Ladywood; 60 adults and children were feed during the first week of opening.
Emergency food for local people in crisis
A recent report published in 2010 by the Department for Communities and local government shows Ladywood and Soho in the top 10% most deprived wards in England and the Ladywood constituency being the most deprived in the city. In recent months frontline services in Ladywood have seen a big increase in demand for emergency food parcel support.
There are plans to open more Trussell Trust Foodbanks in other parts of the city by the end of the year: Aston, Nechells and Sparkbrook.
Read more about Birmingham Central Foodbank
Hockley based international company Crawford Surveryors, have dedicated their 2011 Global Day of Service to Birmingham Central Foodbank.
The annual company-wide volunteer initiative on 1 October 2011 sees employess at the international company take part in community projects world-wide.
Half a ton of food donated
During September staff at the Birmingham office in Hockley Jewellery Quarter collected food items for Birmingham Central Foodbank as part for their Global Day of Service. Staff throughout the office generously donated just under half a ton of food ( the equivalent of providing emergency food parcels for 40 adults and children).
The food was collected by the Birmingham Central Foodbank team on Monday 2nd October who were overwhelmed by the generousity.
Staff at Crawford Surveying Services in Hockley
Volunteers in 19 countries where Crawford offices are based plan a variety of community projects across the world ranging from organizing food drives to constructing homes and clearing gardens.
Visit the company website to find out more about Crawford's Global Day of Service
Thank you Crawford Surveying Services Birmingham!
Find out how your company or office can fundraise or collect food for Birmingham Central Foodbank.
Harvest Festival is one of the oldest worldwide traditions that takes place at the start of autum and is known as a time of thanksgiving.
Some may have memories of vibrant thanksgiving services held at primary schools or a church where traditioinal hymns include "We plough the fields and scatter" and food is brought from home to be packed up and given away to the local elderly or money is sent abroad to feed the poor.
The festival may not be as popular today, however the need to help those in need through food donations is bigger than ever abroad and right here in the UK.
Harvest is a time to SHARE
Sharing is an act of kindness and in these difficult economic times being community and share with one another is really needed.
We are giving the launch of Birmingham Central Foodbank a Haverst Festival theme with a modern day flavour. Throughout October we're bringing back the core tradition of harvest.
It's a time to reflect on how fortunate many of us are to have food in our cupboards and to remember those less fortrunate that are having to make to the choice to between paying the fuel bills and putting food on the table.
Have a foobank harvest festival
If you've already having a harvest festival this year please consider donating some of your collection to Birmingham Central Foodbank. If you haven't planned anything yet consider organising a harvest fetsival collection in you company, office, college, school, church or community group.
Visit our Birmingham Central Foodbank Harverst Festival page for ideas, food lists, download posters and information on how to donate your food.
REMEMBER: Harvest is time to be thankful for what we having and sharing it with those who have not. Let's bring back the spirit of harvest in the heart of Birmingham.