County Durham Foodbank
Emergency Food for Local People in Crisis www.durhamfoodbank.org.uk
1 IN 4 PEOPLE IN OUR REGION ARE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE
Today in County Durham there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis – redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill- can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating.
How a foodbank works:
1. Non-perishable food is donated by the public. (See our shopping list)
2. Volunteers sort and pack food into emergency boxes.
4. Foodbank vouchers are exchanged for 3 days supply of food at a foodbank.
5. Foodbank volunteers take time to listen and to signpost clients to further support.
Durham Christian Partnership are striving to provide extra support at the Foodbank distribution points. With funding received from The Big Lottery Fund the From Crisis To Confidence project is now underway. The essence of this project is providing extra support, in the form of signposting and on the spot advice, at the foodbank distribution points. This enables us to provide sustainable support not just an emergency helpline. We are working with Advice in County Durham to offer advice from DMAC, Stonham and Age UK at some of the distribution points. We have also started working with Healthworks at Brandon as well.
Click on our Foodbank shopping list: Durham Foodbank shopping list.
Foodbanks help to prevent family breakdown, housing loss, crime and mental health problems. County Durham foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust UK-wide foodbank network (www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects).
You can find out more by reading the most recent foodbank report from the DCP Annual Report 2015.