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Thanks from “Restore” and Sparkhill Foodbank

Our recent donation of 3 large shopping trolleys full of food was highly appreciated by the new Foodbank running in Sparkhill and a satellite site in Balsall Heath.

Earlier in the year, we had a similar initiative for the foodbank set up by “Restore” – Birmingham churches supporting refugees and asylum seekers—often left destitute as they wait for help and support to be formalised. Shari Brown (project co-ordinator) wrote to say: “Please pass on our thanks to the congregation of Riverside Church for their very generous donation of food. Our store cupboard has been well stocked up through the delivery, which is a relief at this time of the year as most food donations from churches come in round harvest time. A sum of money was also donated and will be put aside for food purposes.”

Riverside is establishing links with the food bank run by Narthex, a faith based charity set up by St John’s Anglican Church in Sparkhill. They provide a minimum 3 day emergency supply of food for those in need in the community, whether homeless, destitute, or facing sudden financial crisis.

As the ongoing squeeze on living standards continues, and cuts to services across our region start to bite, life for some is becoming grim. A recent article in the Evening Mail interviewing Narthex quoted examples of parents crying themselves to sleep as they have fed their children but have nothing for themselves.

If you would like to donate non-perishable, in-date food to the Sparkhill foodbank, ring 771 0464 or email foodbank@narthex.org.uk.

For more information see: www.narthex.org.uk/foodbank.htm

To get involved with the work of Restore, see: www.restore-uk.org/