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West Midlands food banks receive over 30,000 items after urgent appeal

Communities across the West Midlands have donated over 30,000 items to food banks in less than two weeks following an urgent appeal.

Central England Co-op launched a campaign to help support food banks after its' food bank partners reported that they had seen donations drop.

Since then there has been an inspiring community response.

Our communities continue to do us proud and support this vital food bank appeal. Our food bank partners are working around the clock to react to a rise in demand and we can all support in our own little way by donating an item or two so they can carry on their great work during these uncertain times.

– Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive
Central England Co-op are working with food banks partners to try and boost donations. Credit: Central England Co-op

Food banks being supported by this appeal in the West Midlands include B30 Food Bank, Esther Community, Quinton and Oldbury Food bank, Bethany Food Bank and Lichfield Food Bank.

Co-op's food bank partners say they're grateful for the response but are encouraging people to continue to donate as supplies are still low as demand continues to rise as a result of the pandemic.

Here are some findings from Central England Co-op:

50%
On average half of food banks are seeing a fall in donations.
100%
There is a 100% rise in requests for food parcels.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak there has been a higher demand for food banks as more people have been impacted financially. This includes people who are self-isolating, self-employed and families who have children that would normally be getting free school meals.

We are seeing a small decline in people coming to our food bank due to government restrictions but we are getting calls from people who can't get out so we are trying to help them as much as possible although this is difficult due to transport cost and people willing to go out.

– Kevin Warrington, manager of Bethany Food Bank in Erdington

People can keep up to date with how Central England Co-op is responding to the Coronavirus by visiting www.centralengland.coop/updates.

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