Donate food
  • We rely on food donations to feed local people in crisis. From tins of fruit to cartons of UHT milk, please give what you can. Could you donate in-date non-perishable food from our shopping list
  • You can deliver food to our distribution points and main foodstore or take it to one of our collection points. (Please note collection points are not always open.)  
  • We also collect donations at our supermarket collection days, details can be found on our calendar.  
  • Find out more about what happens to your donated food here. 
  • To register your collection point please fill in the form here.

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UK foodbanks

County Durham foodbank operates in partnership with local churches and communities and is part of the national UK network of foodbanks established using the model developed by The Trussell Trust. Almost 400 foodbanks across the country are now part of the network and in 2014-15 these foodbanks fed over 1 million.

Charitable trusts and business supporters help make what we do possible. Find out who our partners are and how you can become one. Read more


You can receive food from the foodbank if you have been given a red foodbank voucher by one of our referrers.  These include:

  • Citizens Advice Bureaux
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • One Point or Sure Start
  • Housing charities
  • Other local charities
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Durham County Council Social Care and Health Services
  • Health visitors
  • The Probation Service

Vouchers can be exchanged at our distribution points in various locations in County Durham.

Please note Stanley Distribution Point is moving and from Friday 26th February will be held at The Venue, Stanley Community Association, Wear Road, DH9 6LU

Distribution points opening times and locations

Please note our distribution points are not open on Bank Holidays. 

For enquiries call: 0191 303 7559

Watch videos of recipes using food from foodbank here.

Referring clients to foodbank

If you work for an organisation that wishes to refer clients to foodbank.  Please click here for more information.

Other sources of help

Here are some other organisations that give advice or help people with their problems. Click on the blue headings to be taken to their websites.

Turn 2 us

Turn2us is a charity that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.  Their website features a free and easy to use Benefits CalculatorGrants Search and other information and resources.

Durham Money Advice Centre

Durham Money Advice Centre is a face to face service offering free confidential help for anyone struggling with debt or managing their money. They offer advice on debt management, budgeting and benefits. They will even help fill in forms.

Citizens Advice

Adviceguide is a website from Citizens Advice which brings you the help and information you need to solve your problems. Adviceguide gives you information about benefits, work, debt and money, consumer issues, relationships, housing, law and rights, discrimination, tax, healthcare and education.

County Durham Citizens Advice provides free, impartial, independent advice for people who live or work in County Durham.  Their website gives information about how to contact them for advice near you.

Durham County Council

Durham County Council provides a range of services for the people of County Durham including advice on Benefits, help for homeless people, carers, children and young people, older people, people with physical and learning disabilities, people with mental health problems and victims of domestic violence.

Age UK

Age UK aims to help people to make the most of later life. They do this by inspiring, supporting and enabling in a number of ways.  Services offered in County Durham include: Health Advice, Health Promotion, Housing Advice, Lunch Club, Other Information & Advice, Other learning opportunities, Other social activities, Publications, Social Club, Support for local groups/clubs, Therapeutic Services


Mind is there to make sure no one has to face mental health difficulties alone. 

Mind infoline provide information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments, advocacy.  They will look for details of help and support in your own area. Phone: 0300 123 3393 - 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday.



Whether you have a couple of hours to spare some weekends or want a regular volunteer opportunity where you can learn new skills County Durham foodbank would like to hear from you.

Find out more on our volunteering page.

Existing Volunteers please go to our Volunteer Community pages which contain useful information for volunteers including forms and help with signposting people to other sources of help and advice.

Did you know?

  • Since it started in late 2011 the foodbank in County Durham has grown rapidly both in the areas served and the number of people fed.
  • 3,209 people were fed in the first 12 months. 11,684 people were fed in 2013 and the numbers keep rising.
  • We distribute over 8 tonnes of food each month all of which comes from individual donations by the people of County Durham.
  • We provide food for 3 days to about 1300 people each month – that represents approximately 800 distinct individuals
  • The average number of times someone visits the foodbank is 1.6
  • We never forget that each person is an individual not a statistic, which is why we spend time listening to people and signposting them to further help.
  • We are also assisting in research on the reasons for the growth and need for foodbanks nationally.
  • We are trying to add money advice and other services to our foodbank distribution points
  • Foodbank in County Durham has mobilised a wonderful group of volunteers (over 250) and thousands of amazingly generous donors without whom none of this would be possible.

Thank you to everyone.

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Detailed breakdown – by areas and causes