#BrumTogether, which is working to provide the city’s vulnerable residents with essential services and supplies, has been given a helping hand by kind-hearted caterer, Thomas Franks.
Run by more than 60 organisations across Birmingham, the #BrumTogether campaign is providing food parcels and hygiene, baby and children’s activity packs to individuals and families most in need.
So far, 12,600 food parcels, 4,029 cooked meals and 321 bulk food orders have been provided. However, due to the scale of the campaign and on-going widespread demand, food and financial donations are required to help keep up the good work.
Thomas Franks Ltd. is the latest organisation to back the campaign, donating 1,000 cooked and chilled meals – cottage pie, chicken and chickpea curry and Keralan vegetable curry – to the #BrumTogether food distribution centre. The donation was made as part of Thomas Franks’ Big Feed campaign, which is being delivered with the help of Gymshark.
Karen Creavin, Chief Executive of The Active Wellbeing Society, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the donation from Thomas Franks, which will enable us to feed even more individuals and families.
“Donations, such as these are essential to enable the #BrumTogether campaign to keep going and provide vulnerable and disadvantaged residents with vital everyday supplies and services, which include a befriending service and virtual wellbeing activities. We really appreciate the support we’ve received so far from local businesses – if you’re a local business who hasn’t donated, but is interested in doing so, we’d love to hear from you.”
Kevin Steele, Executive Chef for Thomas Franks and Gymshark, said: “Seeing the teams in action and helping at the food distribution centre was a real eye-opener into the incredible work that’s being done.
“The constant comings-and-goings of volunteers, donating and collecting food, the individual stories of the staff and volunteers and the whole buzz around the project was incredibly humbling. It also highlighted the massive demand in the area for these kinds of donations. We as a team are just glad to be able to use our skill and craft to help others in need. I certainly will be looking to do more to help in the future.”
Thomas Franks’ Big Feed campaign aims to provide 10,000 meals in 14 different regions to help support NHS staff, key workers, charities and those in food poverty. Gymshark are supporting the campaign by providing kitchen space, cooking facilities and staff.
Individuals and businesses are being urged to donate to the #BrumTogether campaign to enable it to replenish its supplies and continue to help the city’s vulnerable and disadvantaged residents.
People can either make a donation via the JustGiving page (all money received will go directly to the purchase of food items, hygiene packs, baby packs, and activity packs for children).