Residents Add to Foodbank Donations at Council Offices

the foodbank donation point in Marmion House

the foodbank donation point in Marmion House

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Tamworth after generous residents donated around ten bags of goods to the town’s Foodbank project at a new town centre drop-off point.

The donation point, which was installed at the borough council’s offices in Marmion Street just before Christmas, has proved a huge success – thanks to the kindness of local people.  The Foodbank project 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.

And Councillor Andrew James, chairman of the council’s Healthier and Safer Scrutiny Committee, which came up with the idea of the donation point, thanked the public for their kind support.

“It is humbling to see how much food has been donated to the Foodbank, which has proved to be a vital lifeline to many families across Tamworth,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to give to the Foodbank.  Having a town centre donation point has made a real difference to the project and I am sure many people and families benefited from these kind donations.”

The donated food is packed into boxes big enough to feed families or individuals for three days.

The Borough Council has supported the Foodbank for sometime and earlier this year gave a grant of £500 towards the project’s running costs.  The Council is also an official referral partner, with benefit advisers and housing advice staff issuing vouchers to people in crisis to exchange for food boxes at the Foodbank.

The donation point at Marmion House will remain open for members of the public to drop off any further donations.

When the donation point was opened, Rev Stephen Jonathan from Elim Church, said, “Since the project launched in October last year, Tamworth Foodbank has been able to give out more than 4,000 days of free food to families and individuals.  This town centre donation point has helped us to provide more food, which is vital for many families who, for a variety of reasons, have been unable to put food on their tables.”

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)
  • Soup
  • Pasta sauce
  • Sponge pudding (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice pudding (tinned)
  • Tea bags/instant coffee
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Rice/pasta
  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Tinned fruit/vegetables
  • Jam
  • Snack bars/cereal bars
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