Newcastle Foodbank provides emergency food and welfare support for people and households who are experiencing financial hardship. This can be food or fuel poverty, benefits issues, debt issues or the cost of living crisis. The Charity operates a network of seven Foodbank centres and welfare hubs in the Newcastle City region (Benwell, Byker, Heaton, Lemington, Newbiggin Hall, West Denton, West Road).
The Foodbank has a strong support base throughout the City and has a network of over 60 Referral Agencies including Newcastle City Council, Citizens Advice, DWP, Refugee Services, Housing Charities and more who signpost people in need to the Foodbank’s food and welfare support services.
Figures released by the Foodbank at the end of Summer 2023 show;
- Total number of food parcels issued between June 2023 – August 2023 at 6,533,
representing the busiest summer on record for the Foodbank and an increase
of 20% from the same period last year.
- 79.5 tonnes of food were used to issue the food parcels between June 2023 – August 2023
John McCorry, Chief Executive of Newcastle Foodbank stated “As we continue to observe an increase in demand for our services, the support we receive from donors and volunteers enables us to help local people through very difficult times.”