Increase in demand for food bank
New figures show a 10 per cent rise in demand for Berwick Food Bank over the past year.
In 2017, the food bank gave out 403 food parcels and these have supported 451 children and 469 adults.
“This is an increase on 2016 of 10 per cent as the trend year-on-year continues to rise,” revealed Becci Murray, manager at Berwick Community Trust’s Here for You project.
“As 2018 starts, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the food bank either with donations of items for the parcels or with their time.
“Without the generosity of our community, we would not be able to support local people in their time of need.
“We anticipate the use of the food bank to continue to increase and would welcome donations as we re-stock after the Christmas period.
“Currently, we are short of jam, peanut butter, tinned meat, rice pudding and tinned fruit and would particularly welcome donations of these items, although any donations are gratefully received.”
Berwick Food Bank received great support in the run-up to Christmas, with generous donations from individuals, churches and local businesses.
“We would like to thank Tesco for allowing us to collect food from shoppers in their store, to Asda for donating the bags to pack the parcels and for their food donations, to Poundland for donating selection boxes, to Argos staff for the Advent calendars that children so enjoy and to the Newcastle Building Society for their collections, helping man the food collection in Tesco and also their executive team who came to the William Elder Building to help sort the donations from Tesco,” added Becci.