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August 5, 2016

Food Bank

***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.

We have 2 Coronavirus Impact Reports. Click the links to view the documents:
Foodbank Coronavirus Impact Report, Issue 1
Foodbank Coronavirus Impact Report, Issue 2

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.
Monday9:15am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:15am - 4:30pm
Wednesday9:15am - 4:30pm
Thursday9:15am - 4:30pm
Friday9:15am - 4:30pm

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

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
Long Life Milk
Tinned Meat
Tinned Vegetables

We currently have a large supply of pasta and tea bags, so please avoid donating these items at the current time.

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.

You can now donate to us online via Local giving, either a one off donation or you can set up a monthly donation.


Distribution

2021
MonthParcels Given to Individuals and Partner OrganisationsNumber of Adults SupportedNumber of Children SupportedMonthParcels Given to Individuals and Partner Organisations in 2020Number of Adults SupportedNumber of Children Supported
Jan638013Jul
Feb709820Aug
Mar679322Sep
Apr567223Oct
May313414Nov
JunDec

2018 & 2019

201820192020
Parcels Given to Individuals in 2018Adults Supported in 2018Children Supported in 2018Parcels Given to Individuals in 2019Adults Supported in 2019Children Supported in 2019Parcels Given to Individuals & External in 2020Adults Supported in 2020Children Supported in 2020
Jan354214Jan355032Jan566616
Feb233112Feb516132Feb506431
Mar283619Mar496326Mar709040
Apr16218Apr567732Apr11314260
May324321May487022May12517066
Jun243511Jun526728Jun9612755
Jul33447July638539July9111659
Aug283624Aug547325Aug679861
Sep 365120Sep516131Sep628651
Oct313823Oct405121Oct516227
140 Packed Lunches
Nov293823Nov486622Nov536741
Dec43 Standard Parcels
67 Christmas Parcels
146157Dec49 Standard Parcels
45 Christmas Parcels
118111Dec63 Standard Parcels
60 Christmas Hampers Parcels
81
67
34
91

Distribution from 2014 – 2017

Parcels given to Individuals in 2017 324Parcels given to Individuals in 2016205Parcels given to Individuals in 2015125Parcels given to Individuals in 201447
Christmas parcels given in 2017 61Christmas parcels given in 2016 68Parcels given to partner organisations in 2015 268Parcels given to partner organisations in 2015 133
Standard parcels given to partner organisations in 201718Standard parcels given to partner organisations in 2016 365