Funeral director sets up special collection points for busy West Midlands food bank

An enterprising funeral director has set up a series of collection points for a local food bank after being inspired to support those in need during these uncertain times.

James Butler has linked up with Ladywood Foodbank to install special drop off boxes at Central England Co-op Funeral Homes in Stirchley and Harborne.

This comes on the back of the retailer’s ongoing efforts to support over 64 food bank partners all year round with special collection points in over 260 food stores.

James said: “We, as a Society, work really closely to support food banks and after seeing that Ladywood Foodbank needed some extra support I thought we could come up with an easy solution to make a big difference.

“We now have collection points in our funeral sites in Stirchley and Harborne and have organised with the food bank to have regular drop offs to ensure those who might need food parcels get the support they need as soon as they can.

“Our message now to our local community is to please, if they can, donate an item or two to our collection and ensure that during these uncertain times we can help people in need of a little extra support.”

Items the foodbank have requested include: cereals, dried rice and pasta, cooking sauces, fruit juices and squash, packet soups, sugar and tinned goods.

They also need supplies of toiletries, sanitary products and nappies.

Over 90% of Central England Co-op Food Stores now have food bank collection points permanently installed throughout the year, with special awareness campaigns run during Easter, summer and Christmas to boost donation numbers at times of major need.

Last year, over 275,000 items of food were donated by members and customers – helping to create over 100,000 meals for those in need.

More details on how you can support James and his collection efforts can be found by contacting him via



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Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


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Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


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