As the season of goodwill approaches lBarratt Homes West Midlands is setting up a foodbank collection point at its development Yarnfield Park in Yarnfield.
Local residents will be able to donate non-perishable food items and toiletries at the Barratt Homes development on Yarnfield Lane until Friday, December 18th.
Food collected during the period will be donated to the Stafford Salvation Army and distributed to those in need around Yarnfield over Christmas.
Foodbank usage has increased dramatically in the UK in recent years, rising from 40,898 people who were given three days’ emergency food and support in 2009-10 to 1,084,604 people in 2014-15 and it is estimated that more than 13 million people are currently living below the poverty line.
A spokesperson for The Salvation Army said:
“We’d like to say a big “thank you” to Barratt Homes and all who will be donating to us this Christmas. With winter approaching many families will be under acute financial pressure over the coming months. With people’s help, we can continue to provide emergency food parcels and immediate practical assistance as a first step to people working their way out of crisis.”
Food items being donated should be non-perishable such as UHT or powdered milk, tinned vegetables, rice, pasta, tinned soups, jam, biscuits, porridge, cereals, tea/coffee and tinned fish. Other useful items that can help families in need include sanitary products, toiletries and pet food.
Barratt Homes West Midlands Yarnfield Park development is open Monday 12.30pm to 5.30pm and Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5.30pm at Yarnfield Park.