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Black Country Foodbank donations needed

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Dudley borough residents and schools are encouraged to donate food or funds to support the Black Country Foodbank during Harvest due to increased demand during the pandemic.

Black Country Foodbank, based in Brierley Hill, helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis by delivering three days’ worth of emergency food supplies while a longer-term solution is developed.

The organisation has had to adapt to cope with the increased numbers of people using the foodbank during lockdown. Donations this Harvest are now required.

Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (DCVS) worked closely with the Black Country Foodbank during lockdown to support residents struggling financially. A team of 200 redeployed staff co-ordinated large-scale food distribution efforts – taking charge of stock, co-ordinating deliveries, packing up parcels and delivering them to vulnerable residents.

The service has an enormous impact on the people who use them, giving them breathing space at a time of great need. Last year, Black Country Foodbank gave out 260,520 meals, 96,380 of which were for children.

The traditional harvest season begins in September and runs through to the end of October.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member health and adult social care, said:

Supporting people across Dudley has always been at the heart of what we do, and our communities have never needed us more. In these incredibly difficult times, it’s now even more important for us to work together for the benefit of the community.

Jen Coleman, CEO of the Black Country Foodbank, said:

Harvest is one of the most important times of the year for Black Country Foodbank as we restock our shelves after the demands of the summer holidays. This year, more than ever, we are hoping for support from the schools as we navigate a very different and difficult landscape.
The past few months have been incredibly challenging for families but the next few months could get even worse with increased unemployment and the financial pressures that Christmas and the winter months bring. Please support us if you can.

To find out how to contribute to the Black Country Foodbank, including how to donate food or funds, please visit: https://www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/support/donate/

To find out how to become part of the borough’s wider volunteer effort, register via the Dudley CVS website: http://dudleycvsreview.org/covid-19-community-action-and-support/

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