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TCHG support local Christmas food bank appeal

Donation to Franche Community Church Food Bank

Staff from The Community Housing Group (TCHG) are supporting an appeal collection for the local Franche Community Church foodbank to help donate items to others over the Christmas period.

The team at the foodbank help and support residents, including many of our tenants who are unable to afford basic food items and household goods.

Emergency food is packed with items for two to three days and they are distributed to individuals and families on a referral basis only. They are the only foodbank within the Wyre Forest that work on a distribution basis which is serviced by volunteers.

Being unable to afford food not only affects people who are on unemployment and sickness benefits but those on low wages or have had a crisis with illness, redundancy or separation.

Donations collected by TCHG staff

Collections were made from all the offices within TCHG. Staff from Foley Grove HQ and Oakleaf teams filled boxes in their staff rooms whilst Catering Assistant, Julie Yapp, cooked teacakes on one occasion in return for a donation from staff in the Community House building as a thank you.

Robert Palmer, Pastor from Franche Community Church said: “We are always extremely grateful for any donations we receive. We are totally run by volunteers whom we rely on so any help we get is very welcome. Thank you to everyone from The Community Housing Group for their efforts. We are handing out parcels more than ever before so any donations are well received.”

Helen Zinzan, Financial Inclusion and Customer Insight Manager at The Community Housing Group, who organised the appeal and also went along and helped the team pack up the boxes, commented: “The need for a food bank has increased over the last few months. The response I get from our residents is that they couldn’t manage with the support of the foodbank, especially at a time when it is most needed.”

Loading up the donations for Franche Community Church

One of the users of the food bank remarked: “I would like to say how fantastic the food bank is. My family fell upon hard times last year and went 12 weeks without income. With 7 of us, I became stressed and depressed. It took a lot of courage but the people were absolutely amazing.

“For us, it was a lifeline and I slept better that night, the first night in weeks. I was amazed that I wasn’t the only person there seeking help. A big thank you to all involved in the food bank – you are truly amazing people!”

If you would like to find out more about the food bank, how you can help or who they expect a reference from, then please get in contact via their website -

Published - 01 Dec 2016