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Foodbank Newsletter March 2016

Throughout 2015, we provided food parcels to 5,351 people, approximately 55.5 tonnes. We now have a network of over 200 referral agencies and over 40 collection points for the community to drop o food donations that range from schools, Churches, a hospital, businesses and work places. We are now also providing emergency food boxes for clients who need access to food out-of-hours at various locations in the community; QE Hospital, Highgate Fire Station and the Sparkbrook Community and Health Centre. A total of 58 tonnes of food was donated by the community during the year.

We have a new permanent collection point at Tesco Knowle and we collect small amounts of surplus bread, cakes and fruit and vegetables each week from Marks and Spencer, Greggs and a local bakery. We have also been preparing this year for a third satellite at Hall Green, due to open in the last half of 2016 and thereby making us more accessible to clients.

As more people come to us for support, we have also identi ed that signi cant numbers are also in need of emergency clothing. We were contacted by the QE Hospital Birmingham, because they are experiencing growing numbers of patients who are being discharged, but needed clothes to go home. After discussions, Narthex Sparkhill and the QE Hospital Birmingham are partnering together to pilot a new Clothing Bank, based in Sparkhill, that will provide local people and needy patients being discharged, with urgent supplies of clothes. We have established a steady ow of donations through the collection points at the hospital for food and clothing and we hope to open the clothing bank soon.


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