The well publicised difficulties that many families and individuals are experiencing at this time of pandemic is a source of much sadness. The situation is equally true in the South and East of Birmingham where Narthex operates. Demand for the Foodbank and also our Money Advice service has been very significant and shows no sign of abating but rather is expected to continue to grow.
How does this bring anyone joy, relief perhaps? For the team at Narthex we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of both food donors and financial donors who have turned round a very difficult situation. The new enlarged space at the Foodbank which, when we moved there in 2017, looked cavernous, is now fully utilised. We stack food up to the ceiling and are able to utilise the space for proper stock rotation with the help of a forklift truck. Greatly increased demand is being well supported by generous donations.
However we have now run out of space to receive and sort donations; this has resulted in the temporary hire of additional adjacent space. Business growth is usually a reason for rejoicing but this is growth that we would rather not have!