We are asking our generous readers to support the work of food banks and other charities who are helping across the Black Country and Staffordshire who are providing a vital lifeline in our communities.
This year we are asking people to donate non perishable food and toiletries to the organisations supporting those in need directly by using their established collection points, which are listed on this page. Mr Street has welcomed the campaign and has urged anyone who can to get involved.
“The Express & Star’s Feed a Family campaign has become a real highlight of the festive period in recent years, helping to deliver tens of thousands of items of food and essentials for those most in need.
“Sadly the campaign cannot run in its same form this year because of the pandemic, but that must not stop us continuing to help those most in need and helping to Feed a Family this Christmas. So if you are able to, please find your nearest foodbank and get donating.”
Now is the time of year when the charities are always traditionally busy with increasing numbers of people forced to choose between eating or heating their home.
Many are seeing an increase in demand year on year and in many places 2020 has seen unprecedented numbers turning to charities for help.
One of the organisations helping families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet is the Black Country Food Bank, which has already has already given out in excess of 305,617 meals and fed 19,994 people this year.
At the moment, the charity is particularly short of small packets of breakfast cereals, small bags of sugar, tinned meat such as ham or corned beef, tinned fish, bottles of fruit squash, long-life fruit juice, tinned potatoes, instant mash and long-life milk.
It is also appealing for deodorant and washing up liquid as the charity also supplies toiletries and basic cleaning products.
Where to donate
Black Country Foodbank
The Storehouse, Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE.
Open Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.
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.
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
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.