Birmingham and Solihull law firm The Wilkes Partnership has spent the summer holidays striving to make sure Birmingham children don’t go hungry.
With the Birmingham Child Poverty Commission showing 49 per cent of children in the city – nearly 137,000 – live in England’s top 10 per cent most deprived areas, Wilkes decided to partner with the Ladywood Community Project and Birmingham Central Foodbank to help local families.
Partner Tim Coplestone said: “With approximately 86 per cent of children in Ladywood entitled to free school meals, there’s a lot of extra pressure on families’ budgets during the summer holidays when free school lunches aren’t available. Some families don’t have the money to spare and many children can simply end up going hungry.
“Alongside Birmingham Central Foodbank, local charity the Ladywood Community Project had set up a great scheme to prepare and distribute food hampers to those families in need, so we got staff around the firm on board to donate food.
“We estimate the food collected went to form hampers helped at least 15 families in need.”
Gerardine Giblin at the Ladywood Project, said: “It was great to see such enthusiasm from the team at Wilkes, with some of their volunteers also helping to pack and distribute the hampers to local families.”