Huge boost for food­bank


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Sue Kirby @suekir­byjp

Big-hearted Sun­der­land work­ers have given a help­ing hand to those in need across the city.

The staff at Barclays Sun­der­land at Dox­ford Park spent two weeks col­lect­ing items for Sun­der­land Food­bank and handed over a moun­tain of goods.

Kate Townsend, co-or­di­na­tor for Sun­der­land Food­bank, said she was amazed by the amount the staff col­lected.

She said the weight of the goods came in at 400kg.

Kate said: “It was re­ally, re­ally great, we are de­lighted. It was just what we needed.

“It will pro­vide more than 950 meals for peo­ple in emer­gency food crises in Sun­der­land. We’re very grate­ful for their sup­port.”

The items have all been taken to the or­gan­i­sa­tions ware­house, where they will be dis­trib­uted to all the food­banks across the city.

Kate said: “It is a fan­tas­tic amount of food and will make a big dif­fer­ence to peo­ple who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a food cri­sis.”

The Sun­der­land Food­bank is al­ways on the look­out for dona­tions and is in need of items such as cof­fee, tinned fish, sugar, fruit, pasta sauce, pota­toes, rice pud­ding and toma­toes.

Kate said it is also start­ing to pre­pare food parcels for fam­i­lies to help with hol­i­day hunger.

She said: “We know a lot of fam­i­lies strug­gle dur­ing school hol­i­days be­cause the chil­dren are not get­ting their free meals.”

The Sun­der­land Food­bank has a food store at 90 Coro­na­tion Street, in Hen­don, where peo­ple can take dona­tions.

It is open to the pub­lic on Mon­days, Tues­day and Wed­nes­days each week from 9am to 5pm.

From left Claire Con­nolly, Al­lan Car­lyon, Tye Simms and Kate Townsend.

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