24th Oct, 2020

Sponsor plea as Redditch charity Acts of Kindness struggles to feed hungry

Ross Crawford 30th Nov, 2018

REDDITCH charity Acts of Kindness is appealing for sponsors as it deals with soaring demand for food from families struggling to make ends meet.

The big-hearted organisation, based at the Oasis Christian Centre at the corner of Bromsgrove Road and Plymouth Road, runs Redditch Foodbank through the Trussell Trust.

Demand for help this year has never been higher to the extent that the foodbank, based in St Stephen’s Church in the town centre, could do with opening five days a week instead of just four.

In addition AoK, as in the past, is trying to collect enough food to put hampers together for clients to bring some joy of Christmas.

As well as collecting food donations – AoK are at Tesco this Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1 – the charity is also appealing for cash donations to boost funds.

“We have had more food donated but at the same time we have had more food going out because this year the demand has been greater than ever,” said Rev Robin Baker who chairs AoK.

“It’s all thanks to the generosity of the people of Redditch that we have been able to do this and I believe over the next few days we will do well once again because every year the people of Redditch come up trumps.”

Redditch was the first town in Worcestershire to have Universal Credit rolled out and with an average wait of five weeks for people to money many families have found it impossible to put food on the table.

Many working families on low wages have also been struggling and have been forced to turn to the foodbank for help.

Potential sponsors and donors can contact Act of Kindness at https://aokuk.org.uk/ .

Anyone who wishes to make a food donation should cantact Foodbank manager Laura Kyte on 078447 618539.

There are also collection points in The Space in Winyates Centre, the Town Hall and St Stephen’s Church.

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