It's been a busy start to the year at Berwick Food bank

The work of Berwick Food Bank in helping cash-strapped residents has been praised by a town councillor.

Sunday, 12th March 2017, 6:55 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:55 am
Councillor Karin Graham and Julien Lake, chief executive of Berwick Community Trust, in the food bank.

Councillor Karin Graham, who represents Grove ward, says she has been involved more and more over the past six months in helping families to access the food bank.

“I am so grateful for the kindness shown under this scheme,” said Coun Graham. “I can honestly say that many of my residents within Grove ward would have gone hungry over this winter was it not for Berwick’s food bank.

“It’s a terrible situation to find yourself in when you simply can’t feed your children. Most of us are very lucky in that respect, thankfully. However, more and more families are under tremendous pressure with their daily finances. Often the parents miss meals so their children can eat.

“With the continued problems families are facing in making ends meet, this service is vital in our community.”

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Berwick Food Bank is hosted by the community trust and is a partnership of various faith groups, retailers, volunteers, Salvation Army and Citizens Advice Northumberland.

“We are really pleased to be able to help wherever we can and just want to say a massive thank-you to all the people of Berwick who make it possible,” said Julien Lake, chief executive of Berwick Community Trust, who said it had been a busy start to 2017. Last year it distributed 365 parcels, up from 185 the previous year.