EMERGENCY CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: We will remain open on Tuesdays only for the time being. Following Government advice we will not be offering tea/coffee and toast as usual as we try to do our part in reducing infections. Our whole vision is to provide a place of welcome and we deeply regret this is not possible at present.
We are not able to operate on our previous policy of helping anyone who comes in the door with a grace pack of two days food.
Because of the unprecedented crisis our donations are significantly down and we have to manage what we do have more effectively. Until further notice we will be giving grace packs only to residents of B27 and the close-by areas. We would like to widen our coverage and will consider this once things have settled down a bit.
DONATIONS OF FOOD ARE DESPERATELY REQUIRED. PLEASE DROP THEM OFF AT MORRISONS IN THE GREEN AT ANY TIME OR FOODBANK ON TUESDAY MORNING 10-12. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING A JUST GIVING PAGE FOR THOSE NOT ABLE TO GIVE FOOD. MANY THANKS FOR THINKING OF THE VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN ACOCKS GREEN AT THIS TIME.
OPEN TUESDAY AND FRIDAY 10AM to 12PM
"We want to see an end to hunger and poverty
and bring good news to
Acocks Green and Birmingham"
WHO CAN WE HELP?
Anyone in crisis can be helped. Sometimes it’s just an unexpected bill. Sometimes it’s illness or benefit sanctions – whatever the issue we want to help people by providing a warm welcome and a listening ear as well as helping people to feed themselves for a few days. We also want to try to help move people on from crisis into a more positive future.
WHERE & WHEN
Acocks Green Christian Centre, Rear of 100 Westley Road, Acocks Green, B27 7UL. Tel: 0121 707 2853. We're open Tuesday and Friday 10am till 12pm.
HOW WE WORK
Non-perishable in-date food is donated by the public at a range of places, such as schools, church and businesses. As a church, our members donate food every Sunday. We want to work with partners who can operate food collection points around the area. We can distribute as much food as we can collect. If you want to get involved by being a collection point for food please contact us.
Care professionals such as doctors, schools and community workers, and social workers identify people in crisis and send them to the foodbank. No vouchers or formal referrals are needed. People can also just drop-in with no referrals. We will provide a foodbank parcel of two/three days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. We don’t want to limit how much help we can provide but we do want to focus on people in crisis with a view to helping them improve their circumstances. If stocks are low we may limit help after a few weeks.
Twice a week we will open our doors and distribute these parcels of food. During that time volunteers provide a listening ear to people over a warm drink, and signpost people to other charities and agencies who can help resolve the underlying causes of crisis. Our staff are trained and equipped to deal with many difficult situations and to recognise when we need help from other agencies. We hope that as staff are empowered in this way, they in turn will engage and empower the community as advocates on behalf of the food bank and its mission.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
Are you a professional who regularly sees people or families in need?
Are you a business or school who can get involved by collecting food on our behalf?
Are you able to help fund or fundraising to help the running of the foodbank?
Are you able to volunteer your time to be a part of the staff here?
If you would like to be involved or help in any way please talk to us, we would love to meet up with you.