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Smethwick Foodbank’ COVID-19 update 3rd of December

3rd December 2020

Opening Times

Foodbank will be open as usual on Tues & Fri 12-2 for clients. Tues 10-11, Weds 10-2 and Fri 10-11 for donations.  The Foodbank Centre at Raglan Road will remain closed until further notice.

We will be open over Christmas and New Year.

Tuesday 22nd December 12-2pm

Thursday 24th December 12-2pm

Tuesday 29th December 12-2pm

Thursday 31st December 12-2pm

Emergency Food Parcels

You will need to be assessed by a local agency and obtain a referral to Foodbank to collect Food

Local Referral Agencies

We recommend ringing your normal local referral agencies for assessment for food; many are offering advice over the phone. They will provide support/advice not just access to emergency food. Some are now providing e-referral to Foodbank.

Sandwell Local Welfare Provision  still provide assessment for emergency food and other support

The following Smethwick  Charities are giving telephone advice of what services are available to local residents and may be able to make a referral to Foodbank

Brushstrokes

St Albans Community Association

Dorothy Parkes Centre

Brasshouse Community Centre

Smethwick Citizens Advice Bureau

If you live on the edge of West Birmingham and Smethwick Foodbank is your nearest foodbank; you may be able to get a referral from

Birmingham Settlement

Birmingham Council Tel 0121 216 3030

The Project

Citizens Advice Foodbank Helpline

If you are in financial crisis and live in England or Wales, please call 0808 208 2138 for free (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) to talk confidentially with a trained Citizens Advice adviser. They can help address your crises and provide support to maximise your income, help you navigate the benefits system, and identify any additional grants you could be entitled to. If needed, they’ll issue you with a voucher so you can get an emergency food parcel from your local food bank.

Partner Referral Agencies

We are accepting requests from agencies to become permanent e-referrers. Email [email protected] and we will send you details.

If you live in Sandwell and cannot leave your home and need emergency food.

Get Emergency Help from Sandwell Council

If you live in Birmingham and cannot leave your home and need emergency food.

Get Emergency help from Birmingham Council

Food Donations

These can be donated at our usual donation points and at

Holy Trinity Church, Tues and Fri  from 10.00 till 11.00 and Wed 10.00-14.00 (preferred time)

A food package contains all the items listed on our  Food donations page

See our Food donations page.

So any of the items are gratefully received along with

Toiletries especially soap, deodorant, shampoo and toothpaste

Reverse Advent Calendar

Next week sees the launch of our Reverse Advent Calendar here at Smethwick Foodbank – everyone can get involved!

 

Financial Donations

For any who are wanting to donate financially. We use the money for bulk purchases occasionally

See our donations page

Other News

Smethwick Local Pantry reopens

Pantry is now open again on Wednesdays from 12.00-14.00 at Raglan Road Church, Smethwick, B66 3ND.

Details on our News Page

Smethwick CAN Cafe reopens

Cafe is now open again for Take Away Meals on Thursdays from 15.00 at Raglan Road  Church, B66 3ND

Details on our News Page

News from Partner Agencies

CAP Debt Service is now open for new clients on 0800 328 0006.

Details on our News Page

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have opened a new Foodbank Helpline on 0808 208 2138.

Details on our News page

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