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Northumbria students help celebrate Food Bank volunteers

17th May 2019

Our Food Bank is the largest in the UK, feeding over 40,000 each year but relying entirely on donations and the support of volunteers.

To show our gratitude to the people at the very core of our organisation we held a special event at the Marriott Hotel MetroCentre, expertly organised by Tourism and Events Management students from Northumbrian University.

In collaboration with Chris Wells, the Marriott’s Executive Chef and long standing Food Bank supporter, the team coordinated the catering, hosted the arrival drinks reception, looked after the guests and arranged the entertainment, which was provided by ex-Emmerdale actor Dale Meeks.

John McCorry, Chief Executive at Newcastle West End Foodbank, said: “Newcastle West End Foodbank volunteers were delighted that the students and Marriott Hotel organised such a wonderful evening, including a beautiful buffet, awards and entertainment.

“Our volunteers have been overwhelmed by the quality of the event and greatly impressed by how seamless the services provided by the students have been. In my opinion, the whole experience made for a fantastic evening for the foodbank volunteers and showcased the considerable skills and professionalism of the students.

“It was excellent; we can’t thank Kate and the students enough for their kindness and for selecting us to be part of this project. I wish them all every success in their studies and careers.”

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