11 December 2019
Wyre Forest Candidates for the General Election have set aside politicking to lend support to the Kidderminster Foodbank this Christmas.
Maureen Lewis, Project Manager at the Kidderminster Foodbank, said that the service is experiencing much higher demand than last year, coinciding with the roll out of Universal Credit. Also with winter underway it is important that there is enough emergency food and essential groceries for individuals and families in crisis.
Kidderminster Foodbank, which is in Baxter Church hall, on the Bull Ring, gave 3,600 people three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis last year. In addition to that, they offer job search advice, writing CVs, and help direct people to other charities, businesses, social services and government departments who can help individual needs.
Thanks go to Tesco, who donate excess food from back of store. Sainsbury’s and a number of independent shops, businesses and churches provide a box or trolley where the public can donate.
Maureen said, “Our latest shopping needs are for UHT semi-skimmed milk, sugar, tinned foods (meat, fish, veg, fruit, puddings), coffee, fruit juice, fruit squash, custard, Instant mashed potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetables, crisps and jam. The only items we do not need as it uses up so much of our valuable space, is baked beans and pasta. As well as food, families always need toiletries, shampoo, household items, washing up liquid, washing tablets. Size 5 and 6 nappies are always a priority need, but we have plenty of the other sizes.”
The public can also donate at the foodbank on Monday and Wednesday from 12.30 to 3.30pm and on Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm.
For more information, contact:
phone: 01562 746600
Pictured at the Foodbank on Thursday, 5th December, from left to right, John Davis (Green Party), Maureen Lewis (Foodbank Project Manager), Robin Lunn (Labour Party), Rev. Andrew Mann-Ray of Baxter Church, and Shazu Miah (Liberal Democrats).