This year has been a very different BCM Harvest. With church services and school assemblies online, Harvest festivals and assemblies have been fewer in number. But we want to say a huge THANK YOU to the 18 churches and 21 schools which donated bigger-than-normal food collections to the Resource Centre.
Thank you, too, to everyone who gave money instead. £1,660 has been donated on our Harvest giving webpage alone. Many groups have also chosen to give financially rather than in tins and packets.
The Diwali Basket Brigade, which annually sends in 40 hampers, this year gave £900 of food and bags, enough to make up 100 food parcels! One lady came from Smethwick with her car full of food, explaining that it was just something she wanted to do on her own, and could she come back with more before Christmas. Mondelēz, unable to send in volunteers to help with food marking this year, instead had a workplace collection and brought in loads of food and toiletries.
We are giving out around 250 food parcels a month. New clients are coming, many of them in need of help for the first time due to Covid, with job losses the main reason. One family whose father lost his job found themselves really struggling. Another gentleman, a regular client, got a job early this year in a restaurant, only to lose it in lockdown. He has returned, very upset that he is back to square one, but grateful for the help we could give.
Chris Fisher, Resource Centre Manager