Foodbank sorting

A new distribution point is being launched by Lichfield Foodbank next week.

People in need will be able to collect items from Curborough Community Centre between 10am and noon each Monday from 26th July.

The new service is in addition to the existing distribution centres at LifeChurch and Wade Street Church.

Lichfield Foodbank community liaison volunteer Matt Wilson said:

“This new partnership with Curborough Community Centre is part of our wider strategy to end the need for a Foodbank in Lichfield by 2025, and we continue to work with statutory, voluntary, community, faith and political groups across the spectrum to make this happen. 

“In the meantime, as both the furlough scheme and the uplift to Universal Credit end, we are predicting a further upsurge in foodbank use.

“We would like to thank the people of Lichfield for their kindness and generosity, and ask they continue to support us as a challenging winter approaches.”

Matt Wilson, Lichfield Foodbank

The launch comes as figures reveal that in the 12 months prior to the end of March, Lichfield Foodbank provided for nearly 4,750 people in the area – an average of more than 90 a week who could not afford to feed themselves. Just under half of them were children.

The new distribution session at Curborough Community Centre will also enable volunteers to signpost users to additional targeted support and advice groups already based at the centre.

James Flintham, chair of Curborough Community Association, added:

“We are working with our user groups and through our physical bases at Curborough Community Centre and Cruck House to provide more services and opportunities for residents in North Lichfield and beyond.

“This new partnership with Lichfield Foodbank is one example and we look forward to working together to improve information, support, advice and signposting for local residents.”

James Flintham, Curborough Community Association

For details of other distribution centres around Lichfield and how to make donations visit www.lichfield.foodbank.org.uk.

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18 Comments

  1. It’s bizarre but, I don’t recall Michael Fabricant ever raising concerns about the reliance on Food Banks in his constituency? It’s like they don’t exist? Instead, he chooses to ask questions about choral music. I traditionally vote Conservative but, is anyone else getting a bit tired of this man?? I mean, what does he actually contribute to Lichfield??

  2. If Mr Fabricant were to make any reference to foodbanks, he would swiftly be reminded here and elsewhere that it was largely Conservative-induced austerity measures that created the need for them. Politically, his safest move is to close his eyes and pretend that they don’t exist. Morally, of course, he should be on his feet from the back benches decrying the situation that leads to foodbanks. Instead… Well, just search his voting record.

  3. Anyone who votes Conservative clearly has no concern about foodbanks. What planet are people on to vote for a government such as the one we are suffering. And for Johnson the charlatan. What does the Conservative party contribute to the welfare of the majority of UK citizens? Zilch. To vote Conservative is to give licence to the loss of all that was ever good about life in the UK. Watch and see what Fabricant and his party is doing – he votes like all lobby fodder, for the removal of many individual rights, voter ID, boundary changes , gerrymandering. Fabricant “We’re all going to be wealthier after Brexit” is as much a charlatan as Johnson. Lichfield is blue. Sadly, full of the delusional traditional Tory fans. But really nothing will matter in the future as First Past the Post and the changes quietly brought in by a majority government most of us did not vote for – ensures a one party state forever. Fabricant is here to stay. So too are the rest of his parasitic Conservative MP friends. Food banks are here to stay as long as we have FPTP and no improvements via electoral reform. Conservative politicians are not compassionate.

  4. So the indoor bowlers have now been removed from their venue for Monday morning meetings
    I question the logic of removing one good cause and replacing it with another without any formal representation to the 15 older people who now have lost their opportunity to get out and keep fit

  5. Perhaps Mr Fabricant agrees with his colleague Jacob Rees-Mogg?

    Challenged by a caller to a radio phone-in about the rapid rise in food banks, Rees-Mogg argued on Thursday that they fulfilled a vital function. “I don’t think the state can do everything,” he said. “It tries to provide a base of welfare that should allow people to make ends meet during the course of the week, but on some occasions that will not work.

    “And to have charitable support given by people voluntarily to support their fellow citizens, I think is rather uplifting and shows what a good, compassionate country we are.”

  6. @PKHill – with my Curborough hat on, the bowlers won’t be removed – the foodbank is using one of the smaller side rooms. Bowls will carry on at the same time in the main hall.

  7. Of course we are all going to be wealthier after Brexit.

    We had an oven ready deal in a situation where we held all the cards & the EU needed us more than we needed them in the easiest trade negotiations ever.
    What’s the problem, Michael?

  8. Although food banks are a lifeline for the low paid and people on benefits, which have been cut by this government including for the disabled, what is the criteria for receiving help? Do they insist on proof of hardship.
    Is there a possibility that those who can afford food are spending money on other things and using food banks dishonestly.

  9. @ProfessorPineapple: In 2018 the same Jacob Rees-Mogg delivered a petition to No. 10 demanding the foreign aid budget be slashed. Just over a week ago Michael Fabricant voted alongside Rees-Mogg to maintain these cuts indefinitely. So much for a ‘good, compassionate country’. The millionaire Tory elite are laughing all the way to the bank as they weasel their way out of helping the most desperate people either in the UK or overseas. This kind of meanness is what the current Tory party is all about.

  10. Johnneo, usually the people who need the help are there because of delays to universal credit payments, or foul ups with claims by the DWP, which is a catastrophe, particularly with rent prices in Lichfield, then high energy costs. Homeless on the street, or ask for food, it’s not hard to see why when you look.
    This represents a huge failure of national & local government policies, reliant on charity to help the “poor” victorian living in modern times.

  11. John Kenneth Galbraith summed it up perfectly, “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

  12. Some people undoubtedly need to use the food bank like people who have had their hours of employment cut or have been made unemployed. However it is annoying when certain people abuse the system like when it’s obvious that they waste money on fags, tattoos, scratch cards and mega expensive phones and then expect the food bank to bail them out afterwards. I helped out at a food bank and left as I was sick of seeing this happen too often.

  13. I suppose the recipients will be very pleased with the extra car parking facilities right by the door ?

  14. Those generous enough to donate to the food bank, and those generous enough to distribute food will certainly be very pleased with the extra car parking facilities.

  15. I do find it ridiculous that in 21st century Britain we need food banks. What the hell is going on? If ever a condemnation of Tory policies was needed this is surely it. That such facilities are needed is a mark of shame for the country.

  16. I know it’s a tragedy to have food banks in the UK. But it’s not just a UK phenomenon. They have just as many food banks in France and Germany.

  17. Germany has fewer foodbanks per capita than here. That they exist at all is disgraceful. Such a wealthy country as Germany having them suggests a much wider systemic failing.

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