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HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY TO LICHFIELD FOODBANK!

Hello,

I am not sure birthdays are the things that food banks should be celebrating, but it is certainly a notable milestone for our 200+ volunteers. Ideally, there would be no need for food banks and it would be great to say we are closing!

However, we are still here, and are able to operate thanks to those volunteers and the hundreds of supporters who donate food and money at churches, supermarkets and businesses every day in Lichfield and the surrounding villages. Thank you particularly to those from the churches who collect and deliver the food to our warehouse at Saxon Hill Academy. Thank you all!

In the year to 31st March 2019 we fed 1524 clients in the Lichfield area. This was a decrease on the previous year and, whilst we had identified some ‘over-claiming’, it would be nice to think there are fewer people needing our services than in the past. Let’s hope that trend continues this year!

We continue to support our neighbours in need, sending food to the Salvation Army in Burton and the Glebe Centre in Walsall every week, and less frequently to the asylum seekers’ charity ‘ASHA’ in Stoke and the Good Shepherd Ministry in Wolverhampton.

Our volunteers made a huge effort at Christmas, when we gave out 281 Christmas food bags, supported by fresh meat vouchers (redeemable at Robert Meehan Butchers) and fresh fruit & veg vouchers (redeemable at Riley’s Greengrocers). Both businesses were a pleasure to work with so, if you are able, they deserve your support too.

All told, in our five years of operation, we have been able to give away the equivalent of over 375,000 meals.

We are fortunate to have sufficient funds to be able to offer fresh fruit & veg vouchers to all our clients on an ongoing basis. We believe this is a good use of the money we receive from Tesco (via Trussell Trust) and from the public.

We are trying to make it quicker and easier to recruit the right people when we need them. We now have a role outline available for all 22 jobs in the organization to help potential volunteers aim for the right role for them.

You will probably have seen in the national press that the Trussell Trust plays a huge part in campaigning for the end of institutionalized food poverty. Not everyone will have the time to get actively involved but we will be talking to our volunteers about this, as there may be some who do want to take this on.

Once again, thank you all very much for your continued support.

David Clarke

Chair, Lichfield Foodbank Executive Committee

For further information please email chair@lichfield.foodbank.org.uk