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Food Banks

Food banks are not-for-profit organisations that give food to people who are struggling to afford enough to eat. Food with a long shelf life (tinned food, powered milk, pasta etc), is collected through donations, then sorted and stored.

The food is given to people who have recieved a voucher, usually from a support worker, housing officer or Probation Officer. This voucher can be taken to a local foodbank and exchanged for an emergency food parcel.

Below is a list of foobank services in the West Midlands Region: Sparkhill Foodbank is one of the largest Foodbanks in the UK, operating six satellites from its central warehouse hub: Sparkhill, Tyseley, Balsall Heath, Stechford and Hall Green, as well as Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. We have a Clothes Bank (currently a very limited operation due to Covid protocols) and a Money Advice Service.

Dudley Area

Alternatively, you can click the following link to view the Trussell Trust website.

You can also contact the free Shelter Helpline on 0808 800 4444.

Food Justice Network Map 

Food Justice Network Map

To use the map, click the link to open in Google maps, navigate to the relevant area, then click on a point shown on the map to see access information and requirements from a nearby foodbank.

Each location shown is an independent provider. Please click on the location point to see information on the provision and contact directly if necessary.

Map key:

Green = Foodbank requires referral/voucher

Blue = Foodbanks open access/no referrals needed

Red = Free/Pay As You Feel cooked food options

Yellow = Pantries/low cost meals.

The map is provided and updated by the Food Justice Network.

Support In Birmingham 

Birmingham Street Feeding Calendar

Birmingham On Street Support Handbook

Health Start Food Vouchers 

Despite being eligible, many families in Birmingham are not registering for their Healthy Start food vouchers, entitling them to £4.25 of free food per week. This means thousands of pounds each week worth of free food is not reaching families who need it.

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