Thank you to all those who took part in our “Reverse Advent Calendar” challenge where you started off with an empty box and every day from the 1st December adding an item to it. It’s our biggest donation to the foodbank to date and what better time of year to help the foodbank out in order to help feed those in need this Christmas.
The Foodbank we give to is the The B30 Foodbank which operates from the Cotteridge Church and is open two afternoons a week. It was set up by the B30 Churches Together network and has a fantastic group of volunteers from bishops to bankers!
Despite being located between chocolate-box Bournville and Restoration-site Kings Norton, 40% of the children in the locality live in poverty. The Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area.
Here’s just one of many stories of how the Food Bank and your donations make a real difference to people lives:
“This service is a lifeline to people. I don’t know how I would do my job without this provision. A few months ago, it enabled a man following his stroke to be discharged from hospital. He had no next of kin, no friends he could rely upon, mental health and addiction issues. Other agencies could not assist with shopping for a week following discharge. He lived on the tenth floor of a tower block and due to his mobility problems was unable to get out to the shop or bank.
The B30 foodbank provided food parcels which enabled him to be discharged home where he received specialist rehabilitation who showed him how to shop online, whilst he recovered and had therapy. The food parcel gave him peace of mind that he would have food straight away when he got home, as I was able to collect it and drop it in to him. It provided essential nutrition to aid his recovery. He was completely overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers and it gave him hope that people did care, as he was feeling extremely vulnerable and scared.”
You can learn more about the foodbank and how you can help by visiting their website.