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Vital support on the menu for food bank

Vital support on the menu for food bank

A charity celebrating five years of helping thousands of people by distributing much-needed food, clothing and bedding has been given support by generous workers.

The Black Country Food Bank was launched in 2006 when it fed 50 people during the year. In 2010 the charity fed 5,234 people but believes it is still only scratching the surface of the level of need within local communities.

It has received a donation of &pound500 from employees of employment and training experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) which has offices across Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull.

PPDG regional operations director for Birmingham and the Black Country Jolie Williams presented the cheque. The donation came from PPDG’s payroll giving scheme which gives thousands of pounds to charities and other good causes annually.

The Halesowen-based Black Country Food Bank also operates from centres in Walsall, Brierley Hill, Pensnett, Dudley, Stourbridge and Lower Gornal.

Co-ordinator Wendy Fryatt, who established the charity, said: “We are so grateful for the donation from Pertemps People Development Group. It will help many local people have a better Christmas and help them cope in these very difficult times.

“In five years we’ve gone from operating from a dining room table to a 5,000 sq ft storage facility and eight distribution centres. On one hand it is something to celebrate and an achievement we are all immensely proud of. It is testament to the hard work, dedication and faith everyone who has been involved with us and supported us over the years have shown.

“On the other hand, our very existence is a sad reflection of the times where thousands of families and children in the Black Country continue to face real crisis. The need for what we do is growing and the stories become more harrowing but we have faith that with the continued support of our amazing volunteers, churches, partners and the general public we will continue to be there to support the people who will need our help in the months and years to come.”

PPDG’s total donations to charities and good causes through its award winning payroll-giving scheme recently broke the &pound150,000 barrier. Around two thirds of employees are involved in payroll deductions that benefit others less fortunate in the community.


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