The team at Erdington Foodbank & our TDM distributor – Benjamin Allen, Fabiana Rushforth, Helen Allen, Isaac Allen and Isabel Goshawk. Also our TDM distributor for Worcester Foodbank – Melanie Eastwood and her little helper Jessica Eastwood.
TDM donated to two Foodbank’s in Worcester and Birmingham to help support our local communities in a time of great need and uncertainty.
This Christmas we wanted to support our local foodbank’s to show as much support as possible. The need in both Worcester and Birmingham has grown massively because of COVID-19, people are using the foodbank that would never have had to use it before and would have normally been donating items to the food bank in the past.
Mel Eastwood who organised and distributed the items to Worcester foodbank commented:
“There was a big line of families, children and babies in their parent’s arms waiting in line in the rain for their foodbank parcels when we dropped off the TDM donation. It really underlined and highlighted the fresh surge of need for basic necessities and revealed just how much people are struggling to make ends meet today.”
Opening in June 2012, Worcester Foodbank have worked tirelessly to not only provide people in crisis with emergency food parcels, but also to offer emotional support and signposting services to further support options. Three areas of Worcester are in the top 10% of the most deprived areas in the country, with 17% of children estimated to live in poverty. Worcester Foodbank’s aim is to restore people’s hope of a happier and a more sustainable future where they can stand on their own two feet again.
The volunteers at Worcester Foodbank shared that there is always a “big influx” of food over the Christmas period, but even more so this year. They are really pleased that they are able to meet the growing demand for food parcels. If anyone was looking to help out at the foodbank, please get in touch via their website as they are always looking for helpers who could volunteer their time on a regular basis to help the community. If you are interested or know of someone that could help then get in touch by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also supported our local foodbank in Birmingham, Erdington Foodbank.
Fabiana Rushforth who organised and distributed the items to Erdington Foodbank commented:
“It was really fantastic to be able to talk to the team of volunteers and to learn a bit more about the great work they’re doing in the community. There was a queue with families in need of help and they were all able to receive some help.”
“I’m grateful for being part of a team that cares for others and wants to make a difference. Big thanks to everyone and to TDM for matching the amount we collected for Worcester thus helping us spread some love in Birmingham too.”
Erdington Foodbank are also a Trussell Trust Foodbank, established in 2013 who provide food for local people in crisis. Whilst both foodbank’s operations are inevitably different at present because of COVID-19, they continue to provide a 3-day supply of food to people who are referred to them because they cannot afford to buy for themselves. Erdington Foodbank are, unfortunately, one of the busiest foodbanks in the country and last year (2019-2020) provided food on 8429 occasions for 6599 adults and 1830 children. They are no less busy so far this year, in fact, COVID-19 has placed immense pressure on both supply and demand. Already this financial year they have provided food on over 11,000 occasions.
We are proud to have been able to support two incredible organisations this Christmas.