***Temporary Changes to Food Bank Service***
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak we have had to make a few changes to how we operate the food bank. We are still open to support those on a low income or with financial issues, but the building is closed. Anyone wishing to access the service should call us first on 01289 303366 to undertake a short telephone interview before being asked to collect their parcel or to arrange a delivery. Anyone wishing to donate items to the food bank can still do so directly to us, please ring the bell and a member of staff will deal with your donation.
Please be patient with us during this time, we are running on lower staff numbers than normal.
Food bank use has risen considerably over the last few months, we are supporting a larger number of people, which includes elderly residents who are shielding, residents who are furloughed with lower income than normal, and those who have became unemployed and made a recent claim to benefits.
Berwick Food Bank is available to any household who may be in crisis or have financial restrictions. The service is predominantly made up from a number of volunteers who give up their time to make the service sustainable, but our staff also use their time to assist and provide the service.
|Food Bank COVID-19 Opening Hours
N.B The foodbank is often busy and sometimes you may be given a timeslot or asked to wait if staff are busy with other customers.
|Monday||9:15am - 4:15pm|
|Tuesday||9:15am - 4:15pm|
|Wednesday||9:15am - 4:15pm|
|Thursday||9:15am - 4:15pm|
|Friday||9:15am - 4:15pm|
Help and support will be offered depending on your situation, our aim is to help you through the crisis you are facing, this may be through our own advice, guidance and support as well as signposting to other organisations that will be able to assist with more complex needs.
All contact is Private and Confidential.
The Food bank can be accessed in a number of ways:
- by contacting or visiting us directly here at The William Elder Building.
- by speaking with a teacher at your child’s school.
- your GP practice, Jobcentre or Social Services
- by Sure Start they will contact us on your behalf.
- via the Northumberland CAB if you are working with them.
- the Salvation Army will help you direct or contact us to assist you.
- or you can also contact NET’s who will assist you and get in touch with us
Donations are always welcome for the Food Bank. We are always grateful to receive non perishable food items, adult and children’s toiletries and we also try to keep a stock of cat and dog food to support those with pets at home.
We accept donations here at The William Elder Building, and Asda and Morrisons have collection points open during the Coronavirus pandemic. Other locations are currently closed due to the Coronavirus crisis
We are now back collecting donations, some items we are looking for are:
Bags for Life
If you would prefer to make a cash donation then this is also appreciated and all money donated goes towards purchasing any food there is a shortage of and towards the rent of the room. If you would like to donate a sum of money, large or small then please get in touch or pop in and see us.
|Month||Parcels Given to Individuals and Partner Organisations||Number of Adults Supported||Number of Children Supported||Month||Parcels Given to Individuals and Partner Organisations in 2020||Number of Adults Supported||Number of Children Supported|
2018 & 2019
|Parcels Given to Individuals in 2018||Adults Supported in 2018||Children Supported in 2018||Parcels Given to Individuals in 2019||Adults Supported in 2019||Children Supported in 2019||Parcels Given to Individuals & External in 2020||Adults Supported in 2020||Children Supported in 2020|
140 Packed Lunches
|Dec||43 Standard Parcels|
67 Christmas Parcels
|146||157||Dec||49 Standard Parcels|
45 Christmas Parcels
|118||111||Dec||63 Standard Parcels|
60 Christmas Hampers Parcels
Distribution from 2014 – 2017
|Parcels given to Individuals in 2017||324||Parcels given to Individuals in 2016||205||Parcels given to Individuals in 2015||125||Parcels given to Individuals in 2014||47|
|Christmas parcels given in 2017||61||Christmas parcels given in 2016||68||Parcels given to partner organisations in 2015||268||Parcels given to partner organisations in 2015||133|
|Standard parcels given to partner organisations in 2017||18||Standard parcels given to partner organisations in 2016||365|