Birmingham Food clubs where members can save up to 75% off groceries
Family Action has launched Food On Our Doorstep (FOOD) Clubs in nine Birmingham neighbourhoods
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The charity aims to provide good-quality food at a low cost, while also reducing food waste.
It costs just £1 a year for a family to become a member.
Once you’ve joined, you can purchase a bag of tasty food items every week worth approx. £10-£15 for just £3.50!
To become a member you must live or work within approximately 15 minutes of a club.
How do FOOD Clubs work?
Family Action was founded in 1869 and has been regularly at the forefront of providing innovative support to vulnerable people since then.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became a patron in 2019, taking over from Her Majesty The Queen.
Each FOOD Club provides members with regular access to a sustainable supply of food. They help people at risk of food insecurity and also encourage families to access local support services and be signposted to other agencies.
An important aim is to increase disposable income for local families to improve life chances and wellbeing.
FOOD Clubs also help to reduce the amount of food being sent to landfill in the UK by utilising surplus food.
Where are the Family Action FOOD Clubs in Birmingham?
There are nine clubs spread across Birmingham. Here are the destinations, you can click on the link for more information.
- Erdington - St Chads Church Centre, Stoneyhurst Rd B24 8HA - Wednesday - 10am – 11.30am
- Falcon Lodge - Sutton Coldfield, Falcon Lodge Community Hub, Churchill Rd, B75 7LB - Friday - 12pm -2pm
- Fox Hollies - Fox Hollies Children’s Centre, Fox Hollies Rd B27 7QA - Fridays - 12pm – 2pm
- Garretts Green - Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants, Blakenhale Rd B33 0XD - Tuesdays - 12pm – 2pm
- Hall Green - Highfield Hall, 127 – 129 Highfield Road, B28 0HS - Tuesday - 3pm – 5pm
- Ladywood - Ladywood Children’s Centre, Plough and Harrow Rd B16 8UR - Thursday - 12pm – 2pm
- Lea Village - Ladywood Children’s Centre, Plough and Harrow Rd B16 8UR - Thursday - 12pm – 2pm
- Rubery - Frankley Plus Children’s Centre - Fridays - 12pm – 2.30pm
- Saltley - Saltley Children’s Centre, Ralph Road B8 1NA - Wednesday - 9.30am – 11.00am
What do FOOD Club members say about the service?
‘I would give it 100 out of 100’
“I was recommended the FOOD Club by a friend. They also used the club and they thought that it would be of benefit to myself. It was very easy to use. The staff were very cordial and welcoming. There is certainly enough food for one week and sometimes two weeks.
“Due to a medical condition I stick to certain foods, and the staff are very accommodating. If I had to score the club, I would give it 100 out of 100!!”
‘It has allowed me to try some new foods’
“I heard about FOOD Club from the local school that my children attend – they sent out an email. It was an easy process to join. It has allowed me to try some new foods and some unusual foods that I wouldn’t normally buy due to the cost.”
‘We save on the weekly shop’
“I heard about the service from my neighbour who said what she got in the box and the price, and I thought it sounded great. I liked the idea of using up food that would otherwise be going to landfill – it is helping the environment and it is helping me.
“It is an opportunity to have a good meal and reduce waste at the same time. I also like the idea of getting food that I wouldn’t normally buy. I use virtually everything that I get in the box – there is no wastage here. I love it – it is a surprise in a box every week!!”
Where can I get more information?
For more information about Birmingham Food On Our Doorstep (FOOD) Clubs please contact:
Hyacinth: 07816 408 850.
Can I volunteer to help run FOOD Clubs in my area?
FOOD Club is looking for volunteers to help their services to run as smoothly as possible. Volunteers receive a wide range of benefits, such as free training (e.g. food hygiene, LifeSkills) and free membership of the scheme for one year.
In a recent survey volunteers said they value the following:
- positive effect on my wellbeing
- meeting other FOOD Club staff/volunteers
- feeling valued and part of a team
- helping the environment
- gaining new skills
- increasing my confidence
- giving something back (e.g. having been a FOOD Club member previously)
- improving my employment prospects
For more information on volunteering, please email [email protected]
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