Huge boost for foodbank
BARCLAYS STAFF HELP CITY’S PEOPLE IN NEED
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.