8 July 2020
The #FeedBirmingham campaign is the result of a massive collective effort to bolster supplies at foodbanks and food distributors across the city, who have seen a doubling in people accessing their service during the pandemic.
Volunteers from the Warwickshire County Cricket Club have working in partnership with Thrive Together, Near Neighbours and West Midlands Police, with the Exhibition Hall at Edgbaston Stadium being used as a vital coordination point for the project.
Every week furloughed WCCC staff have being helping to sort donations and create food parcels in Edgbaston's exhibition hall. Food providers all over Birmingham are contacted by Thrive Together Birmingham to see where there is the greatest need and the food is delivered to them by volunteers.
In the past four weeks, more than 6 tonnes of food have been delivered across the city.
Ravi Masih, Lead of the Edgbaston Foundation, said: "We're thrilled that we can build on our community response during this period by working with such a fantastic charity, in Thrive Together Birmingham, to support those in need.
"Club staff have joined together with some members of the Warwickshire playing squad on our Tuesday repackaging and Friday sorting and storage volunteer shifts.
"Whilst it's a small part to play in the bigger picture of the COVID-19 outbreak, we're thrilled that our community response can lend a helping hand, with more than £20,000 of food and other items sorted and repackaged for those in need."