Birmingham’s children now city’s biggest food bank recipients

by Liam Byrne | 30.11.18 | in: Communities, Constituency news, Press Release | Tags:

Birmingham’s children now city’s biggest food bank recipients – Liam Byrne MP

The numbers in Birmingham relying on foodbank parcels to get through Christmas is on the rise – and two thirds of Birmingham’s food parcels now go to children.

The analysis was published by Liam Byrne MP, based on Trussell Trust figures, to mark this weekend’s launch of Liam’s Winter of Compassion campaign. The Birmingham campaign, backed by Jeremy Corbyn, will work with Trussell Trust and Tesco this Saturday to encourage people donate to their local foodbanks, and raise money for St Basils homelessness charity with the Big Brum Sleepout on Friday night.

So far, Liam’s appeal has raised over a tonne of food for people struggling to feed their families this winter and raised almost £1,000 for St Basils.

Liam’s research shows:

  • Last December saw the number of food parcels provided by the Trussell Trust surge 7.4% in the West Midlands compared with the previous year – with two thirds of those going to children.
  • Previous research showed benefit delays to be the number one reason for needing a food parcel and with the roll-out of Universal Credit contributing to increasing pressure this year, foodbanks are expecting demand to be high this Christmas.

Foodbank use in the West Midlands

Adults

Children

Total

Dec 2016

3033

2133

5166

Dec 2017

3340

2213

5553

Source: Trussell Trust

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition endorsed the campaign, saying:

“The Tories’ austerity means more people than ever are using food banks and more people are homeless.

“That’s why the Tories need to go and until they do, we need to do what we can to support any of our neighbours who are in need.
So please support the Sleepout and the Trussell Trust food bank drive to get food to those who desperately need it.”

Liam Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill said:

“The toxic combination of austerity and Universal Credit is hurting children in our city now. Our children are bearing the brunt of this Government’s failing policy. That’s why we’re launching our Winter of Compassion campaign, to show how we can take care of each other, because quite frankly, the Government won’t.”

Notes to editors

The St Basils Big Brum Sleepout will meet on the corner of Colmore Row and Temple Street West from 10pm on Friday 30 November and the campaign can be donated to here.

The food bank collection will take place at the Hodge Hill Tesco superstore on Coleshill Road at 11.30 am on Saturday 1 December.

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