Northfield food bank launches urgent appeal

By Tristan Harris Thursday 25 April 2013 Updated: 26/04 00:41

A SOUTH Birmingham food bank has made an urgent appeal to residents to donate essential items so the project can continue to support those facing financial hardship.

The Life Line Food Bank, based at Northfield's Hollymoor Community Church, is there for those in need because of a reduction in income or benefits.

The scheme is part of the Eternal Life Church Ministries and a registered charity.

It works in partnership with social care agencies, the police, Birmingham City Council and other charities which refer people to the food bank.

The food is distributed through The Northfield Town Centre Partnership and the South Birmingham Young Homeless Project.

A spokesperson for the Life Line Food Bank said: "When these people are brought to our attention, they are often penniless, have not eaten for sometime, often counted in days, they have exhausted themselves and all their normal sources of assistance and have no idea where to turn next.

"No matter how they contact the project, Life Line Food Bank aims to realistically assess their needs, and then to immediately meet those needs with a gift of essential food items."

He added it was there for emergency situations and did not provide an ongoing feeding programme.

"We would ask you kindly consider if you might be able to help by gifting a food donation, large or small, either on a one-off or on a regular donation basis."

Donations can be dropped off at The Old Chapel, Hollymoor Community Church, The Old Chapel, Manor Park Grove, Northfield B31 5ER.

To make a referral for an emergency food pack, visit lifelinefoodbank@eternallifechurch.co.uk.

► A VOLUNTEER at The Old Chapel, Hollymoor Community Church, has praised the community for how it helped after a break-in there a fortnight ago.

Burglars stole electrical equipment, including a TV and computer, during the raid which happened at some point between April 12 and 13.

They damaged the front door and trashed the inside of the building.

But, a spokesperson for the church, said they could not believe the response they received since it happened.

The building has had its unique door repaired and a burglar alarm and CCTV fitted - all free of charge and done by volunteers.

"We'd like to thank everyone for their kind help and support during what was a difficult time," the spokesperson added.

West Midlands Police confirmed officers were investigating the incident.

Anyone with any information should call South Birmingham Police on 101.

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