Local man offers support to the vulnerable with food donation point

An enterprising local has put a food donation box in his front garden to give vulnerable neighbours the chance to grab essentials.

Former councillor, Stuart Henley, has placed a weatherproof box at the front of his property, giving people the chance to both donate surplus food and to take items they need.

Mr Henley said he hoped the move would "make it easier for people to get the help they need, without the embarrassment of being public about it". He added:

"I was contacted by a couple of local residents, asking where they can go for help. One was struggling because they weren't in work due to the lockdown and the other is waiting to be paid and just needed a couple of items until the money comes through.

"They had family and a baby on way and had tried their local food bank, but there was a wait to get help. I thought I'd leave an honesty box for locals, both to donate items and for anyone requiring help.

"We have a great community in Halesowen North and the items are there for anyone - all I ask is that people only take what they urgently need so we can try to help as many as possible."

Anyone living in Shell Corner, or the surrounding areas, will find the box on Green Lane.


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