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A Volunteers View…

A volunteer’s view on keeping the doors open at Newcastle West End Foodbank. Food banks like ours are literally a lifeline for the hungry and often for the penniless. As one of the busiest food banks in the UK, we have managed to keep operating during this crisis – the biggest health emergency in 100 […]

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Information for referral agencies and community partners

We want to let you know about the changes that will take place at our foodbank following the coronavirus guidance issued by the government. As we know, foodbanks are experiencing increased demand over the last few years and have become an essential community service to support people in times of crisis. It is our aim […]

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Newcastle united by community response to Coronavirus

The support and donations we have received from the general public and business community in response to the impact of Coronavirus on the vulnerable sections of our communities has been inspirational. From leading high street stores to small corner cafes, each facing their own challenges and having to temporarily stop trading, have donated their perishable […]

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Coronavirus drives uncertainty over food supplies

Pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets, albeit temporary,  tell their own story about the uncertainty among consumers over food supplies – no matter the assurances from big retailers that their supply chains can cope with demand, fuelled by the coronavirus outbreak. “Panic is going to be more dangerous than the virus itself,” the chair of a […]

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Growing our own food

We’re sure Henry Dimbleby would love our kitchen garden beside our centre in Benwell Lane, which is fast developing. Last year vegetables grown in our raised beds were used by our volunteer kitchen cooks, who provide hot meals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Barbara, inspiration behind the project, reports that sprouts and cabbages are slowly growing, […]

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Celebrity Visit

We were pleased to welcome Henry Dimbleby, who is leading the government’s new National Food Strategy, to our centre in the Venerable Bede church hall, this month (February). Henry, the son of the broadcaster and television personality David Dimbleby, has the task of producing a new food framework for England outside the EU. He is […]

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Working – and Poor

We’re constantly reminded by the Government that record numbers of people are in work. That’s good, and to be welcomed. New research from the respected Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) acknowledges that growing employment and earnings have protected many working-age adults from hardship. Yet a record number of people with a job are now in poverty […]

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Pathways to a better life

A new decade brings both new opportunities and fresh challenges for Newcastle West End Foodbank. That means reaching out to the wider community, working with other agencies to add value to our services while, hopefully, giving our many clients some hope, confidence, and a pathway leading to greater self-sufficiency where appropriate. It’s a bold ideal […]

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Winter Has Come – Early?

“These are the months when people rely most on the food bank to help them cope with increased living costs.” That’s the cautionary  note from our chief executive,  John McCorry, as he studies the detailed statistics outlining demand: 11.3 tonnes of food distributed in September alone, and 8.7 tonnes collected – a shortfall of around […]

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Foodbank Winter Campaign

This festive period Toon Aid in partnership with Newcastle West End Foodbank and NUFC Fans Foodbank is launching a campaign to raise funds to help keep this vital resource to the community going when demand for its services are at their highest. Food parcels issued by Newcastle West End Foodbank feed an average of 2000 […]

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