Generous Tamworth people will now find it even easier to support the town’s Foodbank project, after a donation point was installed at the borough council’s offices in Lichfield Street.
The Foodbank is based at Elim Church on Glascote Road and is run in partnership with St George’s Church. It opened its doors in October 2011 to provide emergency food boxes to people in need.
The food is donated by members of the public and packed into boxes big enough to feed families or individuals for three days.
Tamworth Borough Council is already a supporter of the Foodbank, and gave a grant of £500 towards its running costs earlier this year. The Council is also an official referral partner, with benefit advisors and housing advice staff issuing vouchers to people in crisis to exchange for food boxes at the Foodbank.
Now the donation point has been installed in the reception area at Marmion House to allow members of the public to drop off their donations of food for the project.
The donation point was the idea of the council’s Healthier and Safer Scrutiny Committee, and got unanimous support from members.
Chairman Cllr Andrew James, who unveiled the new donation point alongside Rev Stephen Jonathan, Pastor of Elim Church, said, “I am delighted that Tamworth Borough Council is directly supporting the Tamworth Foodbank through this donation point.
“Not all Tamworth residents who would like to donate items for the Foodbank can easily travel to Glascote, so having a donation point here in the centre of town makes it much easier for people to support this worthwhile project.”
Rev Stephen Jonathan said, “Since it opened in October last year, Tamworth Foodbank has been privileged to give out more than 4,000 days of free food to families and individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have been unable to put food on their tables.
“Some people have the stark choice of either putting food on the table or paying the gas or electricity bill. Often these are good, hardworking people who might have a cut in overtime or receive some unanticipated bill to pay. Others might have overtime cancelled or a benefit delay. There are many reasons.
”We are very grateful to Tamworth Borough Council for supporting us putting a donation point in reception, which will give more people the opportunity to donate food.”
Donations of food non-perishable food can be dropped off at any time during Marmion House opening hours.
The following items can be donated to the Foodbank:
- milk (UHT or powdered)
- sugar (500g bags)
- fruit juice (carton)
- pasta sauce
- sponge pudding (tinned)
- tomatoes (tinned)
- rice pudding (tinned)
- tea bags/instant coffee
- instant mashed potato
- tinned meat/fish
- tinned fruit/vegetables
- snack bars/cereal bars