High demand for food bank goods
The generosity of local residents and businesses in making donations to Berwick Food Bank over the festive period has been praised.
Supermarkets, schools, churches and community groups have donated food, toiletries and other essentials.
“We have had massive support from all supermarkets, churches and schools as well as individuals and groups like the Guides, the Thursday Singers and local businesses such as Hainsworth’s Clothing and the holiday parks,” revealed Becci Murray, who manages the Here for You project at Berwick Community Trust where the food bank is based.
“We have also been fortunate in receiving cash donations from others to ‘top up’ on items that we are low on,” she added. “We have had fantastic support from so many local sources that there are too many to mention by name.”
However, it has also highlighted the unfortunate fact that there is plenty of demand for the service over the course of the year, not only at Christmas.
Becci said: “Last year we gave out 403 food parcels, to date this year we have supplied 402 and we will be busy up to Christmas and will be leaving some food parcels with the Salvation Army to cover between Christmas and the New Year.”
In 2016, 365 parcels were given out to individuals. In 2015 the figure was 393 and in 2014 it was 180.
Donations of non-perishable food items, pet food and toiletries would still be appreciated.
Becci added: “We also have wonderful volunteers, two regular ones Tony Reed-Jones and Brendan Thompson who come every week and sort the donations as well as a number of others who help out at events and when we need additional support.”