How a Wolverhampton gym and a beauty salon stepped up help feed hungry kids

AN ARTICLE FROM BIRMINGHAMLIVE

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi at the Foundry Gym with owner Nicky Forrester.

A determined councillor enlisted the help of her local gym and beauty salon to help dozens of hard-up Wolverhampton families during the half term break.

Beverley Momenabadi launched a project that saw her team up with businesses to collect thousands of items for Excel Church and Elias Mattu Foundation food banks.

The Labour member for Ettingshall, who is the city’s youngest councillor, said she had received dozens of messages of help following the Government’s decision not to fund free school meals over the holidays.

She also approached Foundry Gym in Wolverhampton and Envy Tanning in Bilston, where she is a customer, and they responded by collecting thousands of items.

These have been made up into more than 200 food parcels that have been delivered to people in need by Councillor Momenabadi and a team of volunteers.

She added this project was in addition to the City of Wolverhampton Council’s decision to provide food vouchers and parcels for low income families with children this week.

Sharon Bradley from Envy Tanning with Councillor Beverley Momenabadi.

The Labour run-authority made the decision to fund support for 16,000 children, who are eligible for free school meals in the city following the vote in Parliament last week.

Councillor Momenabadi said: “When the Government made the decision not to support free school meals over half-term, I received dozens of messages offering help.

“These two businesses who themselves have been hit hard by the pandemic have collected thousands of items this week.

“And, I’ve had teachers, social workers, business professionals all donate and offer to deliver to our most vulnerable families.

“The outpouring of kindness on the back of the Government’s decision has really showed that in Wolverhampton, we look after our own.”

After the council’s decision to fund free school meals during the holiday, Councillor Ian Brookfield, leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “No child should go hungry in this country or in our city.

“The pandemic has hit struggling city families hard and we will not allow the 16,000 children who rely on free school meals to go without food this half term.”

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