Organisers at a local foodbank are asking small businesses across South West Birmingham to show their support as part of a new “Ton Up for B30 Foodbank” campaign to prepare for a predicted increase in demand. It’s hoped that at least 100 businesses will pledge at least £1 per week in a fundraising scheme that will boost supplies.
The B30 Foodbank based at Cotteridge Church is part of the Trussell Trust – the largest network of foodbanks across the UK – and provides support for those in need across the South West corner of the city.
However, organisers are expecting demand to rise as welfare benefits change, with Universal Credit being phased in across the area.
To get a feel of the vital work the foodbank does, read some honest accounts from local people on why they have had to use the foodbank in this Birmingham Mail article
Steering group member and volunteer Bob Jefford said: “Universal credit is our next big headache. We’re extremely worried that our shelves and warehouse will be emptied by a sharp increase in need for emergency food.
“Other foodbanks have seen an average 30% rise in areas where universal credit is established. At B30 Foodbank we’re already providing emergency food for 7500 adults and children each year, and its frightening to think we might experience a similar increase.”
The “Ton Up for B30 Foodbank” campaign asks at least 100 local companies to pledge at least £1 per week, providing enough cash to cope with a 10% increase in demand.
Bob said: “We haven’t asked businesses for support before, but we hope they will be as generous as the amazing donors who already support us.
“But we also need more people to help the cause with either food or money because the need for emergency food in south Birmingham continues to grow.”
Businesses supporting B30 Foodbank
If you are a local small business and you would like to offer your support to the Ton Up for B30 Foodbank campaign, you can set up a standing order for at least £1 per week to Lloyds Bank Account number: 34292560 Sort code: 77-85-14 or download a standing order form.
If you are a large company and want to find out more about offering more support by partnering with B30 Foodbank, visit their website.
Individuals supporting B30 Foodbank
Individuals can donate when able or set up regular donations. Check how.
…can be donated at:
- Co-op Cotteridge & Stirchley
- Cotteridge Church
- Lloyds Bank in Northfield & Cotteridge
- Morrisons Rubery
- Sainsbury’s Longbridge
- St Josephs and St Helens Church, Kings Norton
Individual or group donations are welcome – consider asking your work colleagues / school / club to hold a collection!
Find out more about volunteering for B30 Foodbank