County Durham & Sunderland Foodbanks

Emergency Food for Local People in Crisis    


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Today in our area 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.


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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.  Working with our own debt advice project CMA County Durham and other advice services in the Advice in County Durham Partnership we are 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. 

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 and Sunderland foodbanks are in The Trussell Trust UK-wide foodbank network (

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