Builder is backing food banks this new year

Wednesday, 2nd January 2019

A LOCAL housebuilder is helping to support families this new year – by backing Tamworth Food Bank.

Bellway West Midlands is creating food collection points at its Peels Meadow and Barley Fields developments off Ashby Road. There’s also a collection point for Bellway’s own staff at the company’s Head Office off Centurion Way, Tamworth.

The food collected will all go to Tamworth Food Bank, to help local people in crisis.

Marie Richards, Sales Director for Bellway West Midlands, said: “We’re not just about building homes at Bellway, we’re also about being part of the community.

“That’s why we wanted to get involved with Tamworth’s food bank, to try to make sure everyone in the local community has a great start to the year.”

Tamworth Food Bank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Molly Hodson, head of media and external affairs at the charity, said: “This is always the busiest time for food banks. There’s a massive spike every year and we are 50 per cent busier.

“Winter is just a much harder time for people living in poverty, especially if they’re on pre-payment meters for their gas and electricity. A lot of people end up making choices between eating and heating their home.”

Six unexpected items that food banks – including the one at Tamworth – need are toilet rolls, sanitary towels and tampons, tin openers, nappies, toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant) and baby food.

People wanting to make food donations can do it at Bellway’s two developments in Tamworth – Peels Meadow and Barley Fields – both off Ashby Road, Tamworth, B79 8TN.

Collection boxes will be in place until Saturday, January 19.

More information about Bellway West Midlands is available at bellway.co.uk.