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.

Distribution points opening times and locations

Map showing all our distribution points 

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

For enquiries call: 0191 303 7559



Recipes using food from foodbank

Watch videos from Stockport foodbank where Gavin Redman makes some mouthwatering meals from the tins and packets of food handed out at every Foodbank here.

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

UK foodbanks

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 2012-13 these foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide.

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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Did you know?

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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