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Rising demand for food banks in Birmingham is a ‘stain’ on the city, according to councillors. The declaration came as Birmingham City Council’s ruling Labour group backed a motion supporting BirminghamLive’s #BrumFeeds campaign and calling for changes in Government welfare policy to tackle poverty.

Demand for food banks has risen, partly as a result of the switch of many benefits to Universal Credit . There is also high demand in the summer holidays when free school meals are not available.

The #BrumFeeds campaign has been collecting donations for the city’s ten Trussell Trust food banks as they provide essential support for those in drastic need.

Councillor Fred Grindrod praised the work of the B30 foodbank in his Cotteridge ward.

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source: Birmingham Mail
published: 11 July 2018