1st November 2022
This week Black Country Foodbank were able to represent IFAN (Independent Food Aid Network) along with Trussell Trust and Feeding Britain to deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street signed by 3007 Foodbanks and volunteers. A copy of the letter can be found here – https://ifanuk.org/PMjoint-letter
After delivering the petition we met with a group of politicians who wanted to hear about our experiences at Foodbanks. When we explained that BCFB are spending a significant amount of money per month to keep the shelves and Foodbanks stocked they were clearly shocked. We were asked how long we could sustain that level of spending and there was visible concern at what that could mean for the future of our Foodbanks.
At BCFB we are passionate about helping as many people as we can with food, toiletries and other provisions. But what started out as a small community concern in 2006 has adapted and expanded to meet the need across the Black Country. BCFB now has a network 26 Foodbanks and supports 40 additional food aid charities with stocks of food and toiletries. Our Foodbank volunteers are exhausted from providing food parcels to queues of people every day and the demand on our services is increasing. We have struggled to keep our Foodbanks stocked and we are anxious about the pressures that the winter months will bring.
Thank you to everyone who supports us.