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Kidderminster Kindness: community rallies after foodbank break-in

The kind people of Kidderminster and beyond have rallied round in force after raiders broke into the town’s vital Foodbank earlier this week.

Dozens of donations of food and cash have been dropped into the service today on its first day of opening since two men trashed the premises in a night-time raid. The hunt is still on to identify the two burglars.

The foodbank has also been supported with voluntary offers of practical help, including replacement of a stolen laptop and repairs to broken doors.

Denise Carson, foodbank trustee, said the response had been exceptionally heart-warming.

“Before Christmas we had received the highest level of donations for five years. There has been lots more generosity since, the response has been amazing.

Foodbank volunteers pack food parcels

“We are seeing that there is much more good than bad in our community. People have felt angry that these burglars have hit the most vulnerable people and have responded by showing they care.”

In a Facebook post this morning, Denise Carson wrote: “After the sad news of yesterday it’s good to post the good news of all the wonderful support we continue to have from Wyre Forest. Let’s remember there are far more kind and generous folk than those who targeted us at the Foodbank. We have received monetary donations from individuals, Talbot Solicitors and offers of practical help from Community Housing. Thank you so much to everyone.” Wyre Forest District Council has also offered a replacement laptop to allow the service to continue its work.

People across Wyre Forest have posted comments of support on the Foodbank’s Facebook page and other community sites, calling the raiders “disgusting”, “disgraceful”, “lowest of the low” and “despicable”, while one commenter said: “I hope the police catch up with them. If only they knew the time, effort and enthusiasm that you volunteers give to support our community.”

CCTV footage shows two men breaking into the Foodbank and neighbouring Baxter Church in The Bullring, Kidderminster. They struck on Tuesday evening and later on Wednesday morning. Police investigations to identify the men are ongoing.

The BBC report, including the CCTV footage is here.

CCTV still image from Kidderminster Foodbank break-in

If you have any information that could aid the police appeal please contact West Mercia Police. There have been no arrests as yet.

The Foodbank in Kidderminster supports families and individuals in need. Those who need support are referred to the the foodbank by other agencies and charities, who give them vouchers for emergency food parcels, providing enough food for three days.

The Foodbank opens Monday and Wednesday afternoons and all day Friday. Telephone 01562 746600 or visit the website.


Jane Haynes
Former newspaper journalist and news editor, turned public sector PR, now studying for a Master's in multiplatform journalism and launching a local investigative news website for Kidderminster and Wyre Forest. Aiming to hold people and organisations to account to try to make my little bit of England a better informed, better place.

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