The work of Newcastle West End Foodbank began in 2013 to assist people in the surrounding communities who were struggling to afford food. Since those early days, the charity has seen more people seek assistance, and in response the foodbank has established a network of seven food distribution centres throughout the city region. The development of their service has been made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff who work in collaboration with their community partners and stakeholders to make a meaningful difference to people’s lives.
People are signposted to the charity via a network of referral partners located in communities across Newcastle for anyone who needs food or welfare support. Through the dedicated work of their volunteers, staff and donors, they continue to develop the service, in response to people’s needs.
In addition to providing food parcels, the charity offers welfare guidance through its Pathways programme. Their newest service is a Community Pantry network offering low-income households across the city member-based access to affordable food.
Figures released by the charity in April showed that the total number of food parcels issued between 31 March 2022 – 1 April 2023 were at 23,709, representing an increase of 39% from the previous 12 months.
Between 31 March 2022 and 1 April 2023 a total of 287 tonnes of food were used in the food parcels. Furthermore, the charity recorded their busiest month ever issuing a total of 2,529 parcels in one calendar month.
John McCorry, Chief Executive of Newcastle West End Foodbank stated:
“Whilst demand for food parcels has risen, through the support of our donors and volunteers we have continued the vital work of helping local people through increasingly difficult times.”
How can you help?
The charity relies heavily upon donations from the public and is currently requesting the following supplies:
Instant Mash/Tinned Potatoes
Baby Milk and Formula
Nappies (Sizes 4 and Larger)
Soup – Tinned and Packed
Newcastle West End Foodbank is available to contact on 0191 275 3019 / 07580 751365 / [email protected]