So all over the region – groups like ourselves and TAWS (The Active Wellbeing Society), covid-19 support, and BVSC are working together to collect and distribute food so that people in need, and people who can’t leave their homes to get food, can eat.
Keep watching our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the most up to date information of what we’re doing and where we’ll be.
We need your help. But not in the way you might think…
Yes, we’re really busy right now. But we need you to stay home and self-isolate unless we ask you to come in.
To give the NHS a fighting chance of coping, it’s really important that covid-19 is contained as much as possible. To achieve this we need to physically distance ourselves from others.
If you have any symptoms (sore throat, cough, temperature, headache) STAY HOME FOR AT LEAST 7 DAYS
If you’re in a house with anyone with symptoms STAY HOME FOR AT LEAST 14 DAYS from they day they first showed symptoms
Do not come to any TRJFP site to volunteer unless you have contacted a lead person (Dibah & Vicky at Kings Heath, Ann at Ladywood/Sharehouse) and they have said you are needed
Keep vigilantly washing your hands and STAY AT HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
We appreciate that volunteering is a really important social part of people’s lives. We also know that you guys just want to help in any way you can. We wouldn’t be asking you to STAY AT HOME unless we thought it was absolutely necessary. But it is. People’s lives will depend upon it.
If you are able to volunteer your time elsewhere, you could look on Facebook for Covid-19 groups, we know BVSC and Foodcycle are looking for assistance in Northfield, as will other local organisations – try to find out what is happening on your doorstep. As the situation evolves, we will contact you to ask for your help when we need you.
Thanks for your understanding and for your commitment to TRJFPBrum.
If you’ve been watching the news (who hasn’t?!) then you will know that all our cafés are now closed until further notice.
We will still be distributing food waste as and when we’re given it, mainly from our Sharehouse in Winson Green, but potentially from other locations; keep watching Facebook and Twitter for updates of what we are doing, and where we will be.
Our project is and remains for everyone, all are welcome to shop on a PayAsYouFeel basis, though please do keep following the advice on social distancing, keep washing your hands, and stay home if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.
We are working closely with a group of agencies to help distribute food across the city to where it is needed, and given the latest government announcement, we’re anticipating that many pubs, restaurants and cafés will have food to donate. If you know of food that is potentially going to waste, please do let us know by emailing email@example.com – we have the space and the network to ensure it will #FeedBelliesNotBins.
Much like everyone else, we don’t know what comes next.
We do know that our volunteers will be working hard, wherever we’re needed. We urge you all to pull together, follow the NHS advice, look after yourselves and your neighbours, and be kind to each other. We wish you all the very best.
Our volunteers have been really busy over the last few days.
We’ve been working hard. A group of organisations has come together in to co-ordinate the collection and distribution of food to those who need it, now or in the future, due to the social and financial effects of the covid-19 pandemic.
We have been rescuing food from cancelled events, and drawing on our local partnerships to ensure that as little is wasted as possible and as much as possible goes to benefit those in our community who need it.
We know many people rely on the food we provide from our cafés, boutiques and sharehouses, and more may need to do so in the coming days and weeks, so we want to keep this up for as long as we can.
But we have also been carefully watching the news and announcements from the government, and in light of the announcement that we should stop non-essential contact with others, we have decided to make some changes.
We will continue to distribute food via as many of our cafés and sharehouses as possible, with extra openings when needed. Please don’t attend if you have symptoms of covid-19, but follow NHS advice to self-isolate.
If you are symptom-free, but self isolating for your own safety as you are in a vulnerable group, you are welcome to bring your own resealable container to our cafés and we will fill it for you to take away and eat at home.
There will be no more Freegan Boxes until further notice. We will contact everyone on the list to let them know – please make sure our emails aren’t going into your spam folder!
For the most up-to-date information of openings/closures, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
TRJFP Brum has the facilities to sort and distribute 10 tonnes waste a week safely. We are working with food banks, The Active Well Being Society, schools, the Warehouse Café and other groups. We have storage facilities in Kings Heath and Winson Green and are making plans on opening other sites.
So if you work in the food industry and know that food within its use by date (or close to its best before date) is at risk of being binned, please get in touch.
If you’re driving, please park on the access road where there is plenty of space and walk through the trading estate to the Sharehouse (and request taxis drop-off/pick-up there too). We need access for deliveries, as do our neighbours – there is no room for customer/volunteer cars. We have trolleys and can help you to take your shopping to your vehicle if needed – please just ask.
Food is for personal use only – you cannot shop for friends/family, or to sell on. By all means tell your friends/family to come down and shop with us too, though!
Only take what you need and leave what you don’t – we may ask you to put some things back if you take too much of a single item – it’s only fair to leave enough for others.