Durham Foodbank

What is the foodbank?

Across the UK foodbanks have been opened which provide emergency food for local people in crisis. The foodbanks were established by the Trussell Trust in response to people in the UK struggling to feed themselves and their families. Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons raging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and this year it is anticipated that over 100,000 people will receive food.

The Durham Foodbank, situated in North Road, distributes approximately 20 food boxes a week and last Christmas was able to feed 210 people – 124 adults and 86 children. People who need support are identified by a range of care professionals in the community and foodbank vouchers are then issued to them.

How can I help?

Before every Formal, there will be a collection box placed outside the Lakeside Room into which you’re invited to add in-date, non-perishable food items. A permanent box will also be set up outside the Library office for the same purpose. Food we collect will be taken to the local Foodbank distribution point.

What can I donate?

Whilst the full ‘shopping list’ can be found on the Durham Foodbank website, the following items are urgently required:

  • Biscuits
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Fruit Juice (cartons)
  • Jam
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Rice/Pasta
  • Sponge Puddings (tins)
  • Sugar
  • Tinned Fish
  • Tinned Meat
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • UHT Milk

For further information, please visit http://durham.foodbank.org.uk/ and http://www.trusselltrust.org/. If you have you any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sue Trees.