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.

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.

We have just produced issue 2 of our Coronavirus Impact Report. 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.
Monday12:15pm - 4:15pm
Tuesday 9:15am - 4:15pm
Wednesday9:15am - 4:15pm
Thursday9:15am - 4:15pm
Friday9:15am - 3:00pm

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 currently running low of:

Tinned Peas
Tinned Carrots
Corned Beef
Hot dog Sausages
Tinned Ham
Rice Pudding
Tinned fruit

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.


MonthParcels Given to Individuals and Partner OrganisationsNumber of Adults SupportedNumber of Children SupportedMonthParcels Given to Individuals in 2020Number of Adults SupportedNumber of Children Supported

2018 & 2019

Parcels Given to Individuals in 2018Adults Supported in 2018Children Supported in 2018Parcels Given to Individuals in 2019Adults Supported in 2019Children Supported in 2019
Sep 365120Sep516131
Dec43 Standard Parcels
67 Christmas Parcels
146157Dec49 Standard Parcels
45 Christmas Parcels

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