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Keith Turner – founder of West Bromwich Food Bank

Keith is a well-known face in the town, having set up West Bromwich Food Bank way back in December 2007.

In an average day, the food bank – which is based at West Bromwich Community Church – helps to feed 50 to 60 people. The food that Keith and his fellow volunteers distribute is generously donated to the food bank by churches and from supermarkets.

Financial support for the food bank comes from Sandwell Council. The council also refers individuals who need assistance to the food bank.

Keith has been personally involved at the food bank since it started, having set it up initially with the church minister at the time, Ian Hesketh.

James Lynch from Sandwell Churches Link who works with Keith said: “Keith is such a wonderful, humble man, who has made of positive impact on so many people’s lives over the years in the West Bromwich area. He is a great man of faith, and it’s clear to see how his faith inspires him to help others.”

Keith always remembers the date of December 17, 2007, when the church opened the doors of West Bromwich Food Bank for the very first time.

Since that time, the doors have been open every day of the year except over Bank Holidays, when Keith and the other volunteers have a well-deserved break.