Steve McCabe MP visits Yardley Wood foodbank and hears from volunteers

Steve McCabe MP visited Yardley Wood foodbank, which is a satellite of the Sparkhill foodbank at the Narthex Centre, to hear from volunteers firsthand about the pressures foodbanks are facing.


Steve met with local volunteers, Gareth Duffield from the foodbank and Revd Trevor Neil to discuss the issues faced by local residents and the foodbank. Steve was told that there are varying reasons for people having to use the foodbank but most common are due to benefit sanctions, young parents who are looking for work or in low paid jobs who can’t make ends meet, seasonal workers and self-employed people who are struggling to make a living because of the economic climate.


Yardley Wood Baptist Church have been running this satellite foodbank since April 2013 and together with Sparkhill foodbank see an average of 50 individuals or families per week.  Through referrals from agencies such as Children’s Centres and local Jobcentre’s, Sparkhill foodbank has helped 5000 individuals and families over the last 2 years.


Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was great to meet the team at Yardley Wood Baptist Church who are doing all they can to help those in the local community who have found themselves struggling to feed themselves and their families. I was touched by the volunteers’ generosity and those that kindly give to foodbanks in Yardley Wood and at the main centre in Sparkhill.


“I was shocked to hear that the foodbank has helped over 5000 individuals and families in the last two years and I am not hopeful that this demand will reduce.  It is appalling that so many people are left destitute without anywhere to turn and even more worrying that people who are in work are needing to turn to foodbanks, this should not be happening in this day and age.”



For more information about the foodbank and how to access help or donate food, please visit

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