Christmas time and the Food Bank

Quinton & Oldbury Foodbank logoCarol Dealey has sent us this update from the Quinton and Oldbury Food Bank:

Advent is a time for us to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is also often a time of looking forward to seeing family members and friends and anticipating enjoying time together. This means there are many practical things to think about. Quite a lot of our time can be spent thinking about food – what to buy, what to make, what can be prepared in advance – I could go on.

For those of involved in Food Bank it is also a time of preparation, but in a different way. There was a collection at Tesco’s in Quinton from Thursday to Saturday 3rd-5th Dec. Once collected the food has to be weighed and dated and then taken to the food bank store where it will be sorted.

Food bank shelfThe goods are then stacked on the shelves ready for distribution. This sounds easy but it involves considerable logistical planning in organising many volunteers to undertake the work. It is also important as we expect to have a rush of people needing our help as they struggle to make ends meet.

Last year the two Wednesdays before Christmas were busy times as we had more people than usual needing food because of an emergency in their lives. Some people’s circumstances are very sad and others cope until something out of the ordinary crops up. I remember one very anxious lady arriving on Christmas Eve and weeping when she saw what was provided. She had been carrying a very heavy burden and by giving her some practical help we were able to help her lay some of it down. We felt privileged to be able to do so.

Quinton & Oldbury Food bank window displayI would very much value your prayers for Food Bank at this time in particular:

  • For our clients who come seeking help
  • Particularly for Barbara who is charge of the Quinton and Oldbury Food Bank and has the responsibility of all the organisation

On a practical level: if you are thinking of donating to Food Bank via our collection bins, please note that we are low on long life milk, coffee, sugar and sponge puddings. We would also love to have a few Christmas puddings to give out too – (sadly we cannot accept homemade ones).

Thank you for all you do for us.


Carol DealeyCan you volunteer to help with the Food Bank?  If so please contact Carol.  There are more details on this link.

Why not put ‘Food Bank’ on your shopping list as a reminder for each time you go shopping?







2nd Dec 2015 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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