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KIND FOLK HELP FILL KIDDERMINSTER FOOD BANK – BUT DEMAND CONTINUES TO GROW

Organisers of Kidderminster’s Food Bank have issued a heartfelt “thank you” to the dozens of people who supported an end of summer appeal for critical supplies.

The appeal, supported by Wyre Life, The Shuttle, Gil’s tearoom in Wolverley and Wyre Forest Labour, resulted in a flurry of food and cash donations to the food bank.

Charity trustee Denise Carson said the response had made a huge difference.

“Our stocks were really low for some things, and demand continues to be high, but people’s donations in the past week or so have helped so much. We’ve also been approached by a business that saw coverage about the appeal, so we hope that will lead to a lasting relationship.

“Thank you to everyone who helped. We continue to need a wide range of supplies so hope that those who can afford to help will continue to do so.”

Among the major donations were a trolleyload of goodies from customers at Gil’s tearooms in Wolverley.

Owner Gil Hancox delivered the donations to the food bank so he could find out more about the charity. He learned that the charity supports hundreds of people and families throughout the year, with demand continuing to rise.

He said: “Our customers are very generous, thank you so much to them for contributing to this vital charity that is there when people are really struggling.”

Gil Hancox, second left, delivers the donations from Gil’s tearoom, Wolverley, to foodbank volunteers

Members of Wyre Forest Labour also made a significant contribution to the Fill The Foodbank appeal.

Like food banks across Worcestershire, Kidderminster has seen a significant rise in demand over the last two years. The issue was spotlighted this week by BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Over the summer demand for Food Bank help had gone up after schools were invited to provide weekly vouchers for their most vulnerable families. Families were also encouraged to visit the Food Bank for lunch.

Around 25 families, many who’d never visited the food bank before, were able to take part in the project.

The food bank is open Monday and Wednesday, 12.30-3.30pm, and Friday, 9.30-3.30pm.

There are also donation points at several local supermarkets including Tesco in Kidderminster, Co-op in Stourport, and Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose in Stourbridge.

Last year the Food Bank gave out 2,861 three day packs of emergency food to individuals and families from its Kidderminster base.

Those in need are given food vouchers by organisations including the district council hub at the Town Hall, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, social services, health organisations and others.

Those in particularly dire need can also turn up without a voucher and they will be supported.

The food bank also offers a welcoming place to sit and chat over a cup of tea for those who are struggling.

Visit the food bank website at www.kidderminster.foodbank.org.uk

Jane Haynes
Former newspaper journalist and news editor, turned public sector PR, now studying for a Master's in multiplatform journalism. Wyrelife is a new, local investigative news website for Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport and Wyre Forest. My aim is 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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