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Big shout for Global Foods, Bearwood Road

Just in case there was any doubt that the people at Global Foods were the nicest people in Bearwood, they’ve just supplied us with enough food to keep Foodbank running for another week. Thanks so much to Harvi, Dave and the rest of the team, you are amazing! If you didn’t know already, they are […]

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Life Skills from Christians against Poverty

We would like to recommend this new course  from Christians against Poverty. A friendly group where you’ll discover the life skills you need to survive on a low income. If you want to stay on top of your household bills, see your money go further, eat well on a budget or grow in self-confidence then […]

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“Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials” urges The Trussell Trust as foodbank use grows in West Midlands

Between the 1st April 2017 and the 31st March 2018, Trussell Trust foodbanks in the West Midlands gave out 119,946 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, an 8% increase on the previous year. 43,244 of these went to children. During the same period, The Trussell Trust’s UK foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency […]

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Homeless or at risk of losing your home

Our best advice would be to contact Sandwell Council as soon as possible. The service is free and confidential and you don’t have to be a Sandwell resident to get help and advice. During office hours Monday to Friday you can go along to the Local office nearest to you. For further full information about […]

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Trussell Trust partnership with Christians against Poverty

We are really pleased to let you know that The Trussell Trust and CAP have now signed a national agreement to encourage cross-referral and map local centres. Find out more about Oldbury Debt Centre based at Kings Community Centre Find our more about Sandwell  Release Group based at Raglan Road Church

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The Importance of Milk

Knowing how important milk is to young children, every Tuesday father-of-one and local businessman Aman quietly buys fresh milk and drops it into our foodbank session #FoodbankHero

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Foodbank Heroes

  This cheeky pair have been friends for 50 years. Together they’ve been Girlguiding leaders, members of Smethwick Baptist Church and now help out at Smethwick Foodbank every fortnight. Margaret’s one of our longest-standing volunteers and helped set up the foodbank five years ago, with Betty joining us three years ago. “You do it to […]

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Warehouse Volunteers Needed

This role involves receiving food donations, weighing the food for our records, dating it and putting it in cupboards. You will also be given completed food vouchers and a shopping list to use to select the food for the person. Once the food has been picked it needs to be bagged and weighed, then given […]

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Meeting and Greeting Volunteers Needed

This role requires you to welcome the person coming into the foodbank, and to then sit with them to complete an information sheet regarding their food voucher. This sheet is then passed to the warehouse staff to enable them to choose the food required for that person. As we now provide fuel vouchers we would […]

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6 Unexpected Things Foodbanks Need

A visit to the food bank isn’t exactly a traditional Christmas activity, but one UK charity is asking for a little extra help this month, when demand is at its highest and families are choosing between eating and heating.

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