BCM relies on donations of non-perishable food and other essential goods to keep the food bank at the Resource Centre stocked and providing parcels to those who need help.
Tins and packets of food from your Harvest festival or collection are much appreciated in our work with the homeless, elderly and others in need.
If you would like to donate, here is a shopping list of items we need.
Please bring them to the Resource Centre at The Clock Tower, 2 Langdon Street, B9 4BP on Mondays to Thursdays, 10am – 4pm.
Call 0121 766 6603 (option 1) if you need us to pick up large collections.
We asked our Support Worker, Steve, about the many different people who go to the Resource Centre:
‘Those who come may have recently come out of jail and have no benefits set up as yet. Or recently moved off the street and into a hostel or flat. Job Centre sanctioning (stopping benefits for a period of time) remains an issue, as does the switch to universal credit which means people can go a month without money. We have a lot of single mothers and women escaping abusive relationships. Life on benefits is tough and the reality is there is often a choice to be made between bills or food.’
Andy Morton, Resource Centre Assistant Manager, added: “The people we are in touch with and who receive food parcels every month (averaging nearly 170) are among the most needy in the city. We need to put the message out clearly: even all the food stocking the shelves at Harvest will not see us through the year, so please keep the tins and packets coming in regularly. Thank you again.”