This week we have launched our Feed A Family This Christmas campaign to support food banks and charities in the Black Country and Staffordshire working to support families and individuals struggling to put meals on the table.
We want to ensure nobody goes hungry this Christmas and we are asking for your help to support the efforts of charities and volunteers who are providing a vital lifeline in our communities
One of the organisations helping families and individuals in need every day is Rugeley Food Bank,which is part of the Trussell Trust network and handed out almost 2,000 emergency parcels to people in crisis last year.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the charity has continued to give out emergency food to people who have fallen on hard times.
Earlier this year volunteers received a letter of gratitude from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson, for the support they were giving to the community.
He wrote: “The innovation, collaboration, courage and selflessness shown by so many across the County during the Covid-19 pandemic has been truly inspirational and uplifting. As Her Majesty The Queen’s representative, I would like to thank you for the wonderful contribution you have made to the county during these extraordinary and challenging times.”
Volunteers at the food bank said they continue to be very busy and have appealed for help in refilling the shelves to ensure they can meet demand.
They are asking for donations of tinned meat which might include things like meatballs, curries, stewing steak and hot dog sausages.
The team is also running low on instant mashed potato, puddings and instant custard to go with them.
he food bank, which is based at Rugeley Community Centre in Burnthill Lane, is also appealing for small treats that can be given to families with children.
As well as food, the charity gives out toiletries and is in need of more toilet rolls to ensure no one goes without.
Tinned meat is also on the wish list of Cannock & District Food Bank, based at Coniston Hall in Chadsmoor.
Project manager Adam Tilsley said: “We are particularly short of biscuits, tinned fruit, tinned meat, rice pudding and UHT milk.
Any donations will be very gratefully appreciated and put to immediate use.”
Cannock and District Food Bank feeds people in need across Cannock, Heath Hayes, Norton Canes, Burntwood, Penkridge, Great Wyrley, Huntingdon and parts of South Staffordshire. The charity, which has 60 volunteers, operates from eight locations.
The charity is also appealing for donations of festive food such as Christmas puddings and chocolates.
“Our last day for donations of Christmas food is December 12 because this will give us enough time to get it out to people,” said Adam.
This year we are asking people to donate non perishable food and toiletries to the food banks and organisations directly by using their established collection points, which are listed on this page.
This will ensure the donations reach their dedicated teams quickly and safely so they can be passed on to the people who need them.
WHAT TO DONATE:
All of the items in this list need to have ‘best before’ dates beyond December. Some food banks will not accept festive items after a certain date to ensure it can all be distributed in time for Christmas. The food must not contain any alcohol:
Chocolates including selection boxes
Breakfast cereal (preferably non-sugared)
Milk (UHT or powder, preferably semi-skimmed)
Fruit juice (long-life)
Small jars of coffee
Tinned meat (ham,corned beef, Spam)
Tinned ready meals (chilli, meatballs, stew)
Tinned vegetarian ready meals (curry, ratatouille, macaroni cheese)
Packets of mashed potato/tinned potatoes
Tinned fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon & sardines)
Pasta sauce/cooking sauces
Tinned fruit (in juice preferably)
Tinned rice pudding/custard
Healthy snacks (small boxes of raisins/apricots)
Biscuits, crackers, crispbreads
WHERE TO DONATE:
Black Country Foodbank
The Storehouse, Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE.
Open Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.
Deadline for Christmas food is December 4.
Unit 16, Wulfrun Trading Estate, Stafford Road, Wolverhampton WV10 6HH.
Open Tuesday to Friday 8.30am-1pm.
Please call 01902 256523 before you deliver.
Sainsbury’s in Wombourne, Perton and Wednesfield have donation points as well as Asda in Wolverhampton.
Good Shepherd Ministry, Wolverhampton
Food and toiletries can be donated at Sainsbury’s in Chapel Ash.
If you have a large number of items to donate, call 01902 399955 to arrange delivery or collection.
Ettingshall and Bilston Food Pantry
Word of Spirit and Life Baptist Church, George Street, Ettingshall, WV2 2LW.
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.30pm-4pm.
Email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07961 319795
Excel Church Food Bank
Wolverhampton Street, Bilston, WV14 0LT.
01902 402273. Open Monday to Wednesday, 9am-5pm. excelchurch.org.uk/foodparcel
Cannock and District Food Bank
Coniston Hall, Cecil Street, Chadsmoor, WS11 5HD. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am-3pm.
01543 422394 or visit cannockdistrict.foodbank.org.uk
Deadline for Christmas food is December 12
Rugeley Food Bank
Rugeley Community Centre, Burnthill Lane, Rugeley,WS15 2HX.
Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Tesco also have a collection point, as do most Rugeley churches.
Walsall North Food Bank
Pelsall Methodist Church, Chapel Street.
Open Tuesdays, 11am-1pm, and Fridays 1-3pm.
Bloxwich and Blakenall Food Bank
Blakenall Village Centre, Thames Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LZ.
Open Thursdays 11am-1pm.
Great Barr Food Bank
St Bernard’s Church, Broome Avenue Great Barr B43 5AL.
Open Fridays 12-3pm.
0121 3575399, greatbarr.foodbank.org.uk
Smethwick Food Bank
Holy Trinity Church, Church Hill Street, Smethwick, B67 7AH.
Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 12-2pm.
Quinton and Oldbury Food Bank
St Boniface Church, Quinton Road West, Quinton, B32 2QD.
Open Wednesdays, 11am-1pm.
Kidderminster Food Bank, based at Baxter Church
Food can be donated at Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s in Kidderminster, as well as at Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and Co-op in Stourport.