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News and events


Join us at one of our food sorting sessions this autumn

The leaves are changing colour, the shops are full of jumpers, autumn is definitely setting in. That's our signal here at the foodbank to get ready for our busiest time of year.  Could you lend a hand and help us out? We need people to help sort and pack food donations, a great opportunity for those of you who want to help but can't commit to a regular volunteering slot.  It's as easy as 1, 2, 3....

1. Pick a date   2. Let us know   3. Turn up on the day 


Wednesday Evening Volunteer Sessions at our Durham Office, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

October 28th, November 4th 11th 18th 25th, December 2nd 9th 16th


Saturday Volunteer Sessions at our Chester le Street Foodstore, 9.30pm - 1pm

November 14th 21st 28th, December 5th 12th 19th


Drop our volunteer coordinator Naomi an email to sign up (

P.s. there will be a limit on the no. people per session due to space restrictions but if the date you want is full up we'll see if you're free on a different day.


At the following locations during the summer free meals will be offered to children (0-16yrs).  Free meals will also be available to adults who attend with a foodbank voucher.  


Chilton   from 21st July - 25th August

Tuesdays 12.30-2pm // Lunches

Location:  St Aidens Church Hall, Eden Terrace, Chilton, DL17 0EJ


Laurel Avenue  

Saturdays 9.30-11.30am // Breakfasts

Location:  Laurel Ave Community Centre, Sherburn Rd Est, Gilesgate, DH1 2EY



Mondays, Thursdays  9.30-10.30am // Breakfasts

Mondays, Thursdays  3.30-4.30pm // Lunches 

Location:  Plawsworth & Kimblesworth Community Centre, Springfield Front Street, Nettlesworth, DH2 3PN


Stanley Street   From 20th July - 19th August

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 7.45-8.45am // Breakfasts

Location:  Stanley Street Church, The Bungalow, Earl Street, Seaham, SR7 0DH


It's time once again to launch our Harvest Appeal. We are asking schools and churches to support County Durham Foodbank by collecting non-perishable food items through their harvest collections this harvest time.

All the resources you need are in our Harvest Pack which can be downloaded here.


Harvest Letter

Harvest Fact Sheet

Powerpoint for Junior Schools and Script 

Powerpoint for Senior Schools and Script


Please check back as more resources will be coming soon!!

Please contact us if you plan to support the County Durham Foodbank through your harvest collections and we will see how we can help!


Please support us, as without food being donated we can't provide it to those in crisis here in County Durham. Many thanks.




Do join us on 13th June for the Emmanuel Church Summer Ball.  All proceeds from the ball will go to County Durham foodbank.

The ball is vintage themed, 7pm-11pm with live music from the EC Party Band featuring The Bicyclettes!  Tickets are available from the DCP foodbank head office at £10 each, ring 0191 303 8623 or email

A special invitation is extended to all volunteers to come and enjoy a great night out.


Last year Emmanuel Church Cycling Club successfully retraced the route that St Cuthberts remains took from Holy Island to Durham Cathedral as a fundraiser for Durham County Foodbanks. This year the group will again look to raise more funds by attempting the ride again, but this time adding to the route by visiting Coldingham Priory, near St Abbs, where Cuthbert ministered and which has links to Durham. Setting off from Coldingham 26th of May and arriving at Durham Cathedral on May 28th. The team will be covering a grand 120 miles!

All funds raised will be donated to County Durham Foodbank.  Please sponsor us here.


Durham Christian Partnership are delighted to be part of a new initiative that will give help to people in fuel poverty.  

County Durham foodbank is one of 3 pilot areas that will be trialling the new "Fuel Bank", which will provide eligible foodbank clients on prepayment gas and electricity meters with a voucher for fuel.

The pilot is being run by npower, with the national fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and we are excited to be part of the team developing this new idea.  People using the foodbank are in financial crisis and this impacts not only their ability to buy food but also to pay for energy to heat their homes or cook their food.

We are rolling out the voucher scheme to our distribution points across the County, and currently is available at the following distribution points:

  • Brandon
  • Chester le Street
  • Chilton
  • Consett
  • Crook
  • Dawdon
  • Durham (North Road)
  • Ferryhill
  • Laurel Avenue
  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Spennymoor
  • Stanley
  • West Auckland
  • Willington

We are delighted to introduce Stuart Hudson, who has been appointed as the foodbank Distribution Centres Manager. 

Stuart has a wide range of experience managing programmes across Sunderland and County Durham including support for the long term unemployed with physical and learning difficulties, young offenders and young people excluded from main stream education.  Most recently he was the Centre Manager for welfare and benefits advice at the Shiny Advice and Resource Project.  He also has experience as a volunteer with a youth programme for Portsmouth City Council and Northumbrian probation service.


Durham Christian Partnership have been awarded just under £400,000 over 3 years by the Big Lottery to develop our Crisis to Confidence project (described here).  We are absolutely delighted and really looking forward to developing the work of the foodbank and money advice centres.  The funding will make a huge different to our capacity and plans for the next few years.  2015 is shaping up to be another very exciting (and busy!) year. 



Calling new volunteers!

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 about volunteering on our Volunteering page.


Let the Durham University Big Band get you swinging into the Christmas spirit with a snowdump of ridiculous jazz arrangements of your favourite yuletide tunes, as well as a sprinkling of classic and contemporary (non seasonal) charts.

Durham University Big Band is a jazz ensemble comprising some of Durham’s finest musicians, and plays a range of traditional and contemporary big band music. 
The band have won prestigious awards at the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival for the last four years, including the Best Band award for three of those four years.

There will be a collection for County Durham Foodbank during the event.

Join the Facebook event for more information!

The event is on  Wednesday 10th December, from 8PM in the Durham Students' Union Riverside Bar



This year we are hoping again to offer special Christmas hampers alongside our normal emergency food parcels.  These hampers contain items such as mince pies, snacks or nibbles and children’s selection boxes.  The sort of items we all enjoy at Christmas time, which many families in our region will not be able to afford. We are aiming to collect enough items to make 300 parcels.

Would you please consider holding a collection of Christmas items this year in your school or workplace?

Download our Christmas Appeal Poster and Christmas Shopping List to help with your collection.

We are asking for Christmas items to be donated before December 6th so that we will have enough time to assemble the hampers and send them out to all our distribution points in time for the weeks leading up to Christmas

Contact us if you need further information.



Many thanks to all the schools and churches who have already donated to our Harvest Appeal.  


Whether you have a couple of hours to spare some weekends or would like a regular volunteering opportunity, County Durham foodbank wants to hear from you.

Could you become a volunteer at Brandon distribution point and drop-in? Here our volunteers not only distribute food but also help people  learn skills such as cookery, basic computer skills, literacy and numeracy. If you'd like to volunteer for this project there is something for everyone to do wherever your talents lie. 


Find out more on our volunteering page.


Can you help for a couple of hours at a supermarket collection by handing out foodbank shopping lists and sorting donated food?


We have supermarket collection days planned for:

October 11th - Tesco Consett
Tesco Annfield Plain 
Morrisons Chester-le-Street

November 8th - Morrisons Chester-le-Street 

November 29th - Asda Spennymoor

December 4th/5th/6th - Tesco Durham Dragonville
Tesco Newton Aycliffe
Tesco Bishop Auckland
Tesco Chester-le-Street 

Please email for further information about supermarket collections or to volunteer for a 1 or 2 hour slot between 10am and 4pm at any of the above collections.


On Friday 4th July and Saturday 5th July Tesco stores all over the country will be holding collections for foodbanks.  At County Durham foodbank we depend on these collections for keeping stocks up over the summer months. Donations tend to be lower in summer but the need is still there as many families struggle to manage without free school meals in the holidays.

You can help by donating food at your local Tescos and by volunteering with collections at these stores:

Tesco Durham                                                         9am  to 5pm

Tesco Chester le Street, Bishop Auckland,
Newton Aycliffe and Sunderland
                           10am to 4pm

Volunteers are asked to sign up for a 2 hour shift.  Please contact us for more information.





Free Children's books for National Bookstart Week

Many thanks to the Book Trust for donating 400 "Super Duck" books to County Durham Foodbank to be given out to children receiving food from our distribution points, all as part of National Bookstart Week 2014 June 9th-13th.


Our 23rd Distributon Point opened on Monday 12th May at the Methodist church in Sedgefield - County Durham foodbank Project Manager Bev Anderson and the Sedgefield volunteers spent the morning building cupboards to store food for local people in need. Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield for attended the opening to show his support. The Sedgefield distribution centre will be open on Mondays from 12 -2pm. We are looking for a volunteer to help us by collecting a few trays of food from the foodstore in Chester-le-Street on Monday mornings to deliver to the Sedgefield distribution centre, please get in touch on or 0191 388 9896. We can reimburse petrol costs.


Congratulations to the Food 4 U team in Consett who have won the Chairman's award from the Derwent Valley Partnership Board, for innovation and services to the local community.


cyclistFollowing last years Coast-to-coast adventure, this year on the 3rd of May, eleven cyclists from Emmanuel Church will become pilgrim cyclists departing from Holy Island, where Cuthbert spent most of his life, to embark on a journey which will end, 36 hours and 125 miles later, with them touching the Sanctuary Knocker of the door of Durham Cathedral all in aid of County Durham Foodbank. You can sponsor the pilgrim cyclists on their donation page 

The journey will take them via Bamburgh Castle, Seahouses, Craster and on to an overnight stay in Warkworth. This part of the journey is believed to be the  coastal route used by clergy and monks to travel to Tynemouth in past times.
Leaving Warkworth, they cycle to Blythe via Druridge Bay and then cross the Tyne by ferry. Then they head down the coast from South Shields to Sunderland, via Whitburn and then on to visiting St Peter's church at Monkwearmouth, which is the oldest church still still in use in England, and where Bede, at seven years' of age, dedicated his life to God.
Thence they travel along the Wear to Chester-le-Street, where there has been a worshipping Christian community since 883 AD. It was at Chester-le-Street that monks from Lindisfarne, bearing the body of Saint Cuthbert, built a shrine which became, for more than a century, the Cathedral of the Kingdom of Northumbria.
The final leg of their journey takes them via Finchale Abbey to Durham Cathedral, where both Bede and Cuthbert are laid to rest.



There are a variety of volunteering roles within the foodbank including driving to deliver and collect food from distribution points and collection points, meeting clients and giving out food, helping with administration and support, sorting donated food and helping at supermarket collections.

 If you are interested in volunteering with Durham food bank:


In April two new distribution points will open for foodbank users:


Annfield Plain   Tuesday 1pm - 3pm  Annfield Plain Community Centre, Fairview Terrace, Greencroft, Stanley, DH9 8PP - opening on Tuesday 1st April


Ushaw Moor  Wednesday 10am - 3pm The Hive, 5 Station Road, Ushaw Moor, Durham, DH7 7PX  - opening on Wednesday 2nd April


Save The Date!

Saturday 29/03/14 08:30 - 14:00.

An opportunity to share your experiences as a volunteer, and for us to learn how this could be improved.

Provisional timetable:

08:30 Breakfast and registration.

09:15 Welcome

09:30 Key notes address: Peter MacLellen, Chair of Board of Trustees 

10:00 Consultation session

11:30 Feedback session

12:00 Thanksgiving celebration

12:30 Lunch/social.


This month sees the launch of 4 new distribution points accross the County Durham! 

Foodbank users can now access local distribuion points in:

St Luke's Church Hall, Church Lane Feryhill
Thursday 10:30am- 12 noon
Holy Trinity Chuch, Church Lane, Murton, SR7 9PG
Saturday 10am - 12 noon
St Mary Magdalen's Church Hall, Harbour Walk, Seaham, SR7 7DS
Friday  5pm – 7pm
Salvation Army Church Hall, Cross Street, Shildon, DL4 1PF
THursday 10am - 2pm

Supermarket Collection

Come and donate food at our Supermarket Collections this month:

8th March  Morrisons  Chester-Le-Street  10am - 4pm

15th March  Asda  Spennymoor  9am - 5pm

22nd March  Tesco  Annfield Plain  9am - 5pm 

‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated.  These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Our shopping list is availible here.



‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Our shopping list is availible here.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming collection at TESCO Bishop Auckland on 08/02/14.  



‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Our shopping list is availible here.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming collection at TESCO Bishop Auckland on 08/02/14.  


The foodbank will be operating as service during the Christmas holidays but will not be open on Bank Holidays. Some distribution points will be closed on specific days and a complete list of distribution points and their opening days can be seen by clicking here.

The office will be closed from Monday 23 Dec to Friday 3 Jan inclusive, however urgent calls can still be made to the usual number 0191 303 7559 and we will do our best to respond.

We wish all our volunteers, referrers, donors, supporters and everyone who has come into contact with the foodbank a happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.


With Christmas fast approaching we are now launching our Christmas Appeal. At this time of year we distribute extra items along side our normal food parcels, such as mince pies or Christmas puddings, festive treats we all enjoy but some families can't afford. To see our Christmas Appeal poster clicking here. Many thanks.

Our Christmas Extras List:

  • Tinned Ham
  • Christmas Pudding
  • Christmas Cake
  • Box of Biscuits
  • Children's Selection Box
  • Large Bar of Chocolate
  • Snacks & Nibbles (e.g. peanuts)
  • Christmas Crackers

Durham foodbank has now completed two years of distributing food to local people in crisis. In our first year we fed 3686 people, our second year total is now in excess of 10,600. Thanks to the support of the many local people who have donated food we have never run out - though it has come close! Thanks to our army of volunteers we have been able to handle over 100 tonnes of food and help people through our 14 distribution centres around the County. Demand continues to rise and over 1200 people received food in October. Our statistics can be viewed here or for more detail here.


Durham University Big Band concert on Wednesday 11 December with donations invited to support the work of Durham Foodbank.
A Jazzy Christmas - 11 Dec 8pm to 10pm
Free entry, donations in aid of Durham Foodbank
Riverside Cafe, Dunelm House
A showcase of some of the impressive pieces that the band have been working on and a few Christmas tunes to get you into the festive spirit.


With the holiday season drawing to an end it's time once again to launch our Harvest Appeal. We continue to see a rise in the number of people needing to access the foodbank, therefore we are asking schools and churches to support County Durham foodbank by collecting non-perishable food items through their harvest collections. All the resources you need are in our Harvest Pack which can be downloaded by clicking here. Please support us, as without food being donated we can't provide it to those in crisis here in County Durham. Many thanks.


The number of people fed in a month reached 1000 people for the first time in May.

Delays in benefit payments accounted for 41% of referrals to the foodbank.


This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to help manage and develop the largest foodbank in the North of England.

The full role description can and person profile can be downloaded here, and the application form can be downloaded here.


  • Closing date for applications is:  29 July 2013
  • Interviews planned for:  9 Aug 2013
  • Anticipated start date: by 1 Sep 2013

For further details please contact the Centre Manager on 0191 303 8623 or


Come and donate food or volunteer at our Supermarket Collections:




‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated.  These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Download our shopping list to see what we need.

Volunteers are always needed.  If you would like to help with a two hour shift at one of our supermarket collections please contact us.


April saw a record number of people accessing the foodbank.  The total number of people fed was 855, including 243 children.


Last week 8 cyclists completed the Coast 2 Coast challenge for Durham foodbank. A huge congratulations to all of them.  Below is an extract from the tales of their adventure as told by Stevie Hill - you can read the full story here.  You can still sponsor the team by visiting their Just Giving page.

"We rode on together through that most fair of cities, called by some the Nice of the North, and on to the sea.  Tears were brought to eyes (some of us just had a bit of grit in them) by the cheering welcome we got at the seaside from the support drivers, Sir's family and the Rev Green (who had brought a fine Blanc de Blancs which exhibited the usual mouth-coating brioche richness overlaying an intense expression of fruitiness one gets with older examples :) ). And we all thank you who supported us: your messages of encouragement and generous gifts to Durham Food Bank were very much appreciated."



It's just 15 days until a happy band of 8 cyclists will be cycling Coast to Coast for Durham foodbank. They will have just 3 days to cover the breadth of the UK, from Workington to Sunderland. You sponsor them by going to Just Giving, link below...


There has been a steady increase in the number of people accessing the foodbank over the past 12 months. 


Numbers fed in March

















The foodbank’s two busiest Distribution Centres, Durham and Consett / Stanley each fed on average 40 people a week in March 2013.

Thanks to the generosity of people across the county over 4 tonnes of food were donated in both February and March.  However we are giving out more food than we receive, over 6 tonnes of food were distributed in March.  Our reserves from harvest festival and Christmas collections are dwindling rapidly. If you are able to set up a collection point or hold a foodbank collection event at your church, office, school or community group please let us know! 




Testing their stamina and enthusiam for hill walking to the extreme this challenge will see a band of intrepid explorers climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours.

Sponsor them by donating online, don't forget to leave a message on the donation page to let us know it's for the Three Peaks!


Please note for w/c 25th March the office (Evangel Church, Chester le Street) will be open at the following times.


Monday 25th : 10am - 1pm

Tuesday 26th: 10am - 2pm

Wednesday 27th: 9am - 1pm

Thursday 28th: 10am - 2pm

Friday 29th: Closed


The office will re-open as usual on Tuesday 2nd April.


On Friday 19th April we will be welcoming Phil the Trolley to Durham.

Read all about it here


...challenges to test your stamina, strength and determination whilst raising money for Durham        foodbank.  In May (28th - 30th) it will be time to saddle up and cycle the breadth of the UK (Workington - Sunderland) for the Coast to Coast cycle ride.  Following shortly after on 14th June an ambitious group of intrepid explorers will aim to conquer all 3 of the UK's highest peaks, Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours.  If you would be interested in taking part in either (or both!) contact Glenn:




The foodbank office will be close on Thursday 20th December and will open on Thursday 3rd January.


With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.


With Christmas fast approaching we are now launching our Christmas Appeal. At this time of year we distribute extra items along side our normal food parcels, such as mince pies or Christmas puddings, festive treats we all enjoy but some families can't afford. All the resources you need are in our Christmas Pack which can be downloaded by clicking here. Many thanks.


Details of the Volunteer Training Session, as advertised at the information meeting on 12th September.

Wednesday 26th September

6pm, at St Alban's Church, Trimdon Grange, TS29 6HB.


With the holiday season drawing to an end it's time once again to launch our Harvest Appeal. We have seen such a rise in the number of people using the foodbank (now over 400 per month) that it has never been more important for schools and churches to support Durham foodbank by collecting non-perishable food items. All the resources you need are in our Harvest Pack which can be downloaded by clicking here. Please support us, as without food being donated we can't provide it to those in crisis here in County Durham. Many thanks.


Our latest distribution point has now opened at St Clare's Church in the centre of Newton Aycliffe. It will be open for the exchange of Red Vouchers for food on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:30pm until 3:30pm.

Donors can also drop in any food donations at the the same times.

The full address is:

St Clare’s Church, Saint Cuthbert's Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 5NT


Durham foodbank is now tweeting! Click the link to see us.

Follow @durhamfoodbank for news and events and @durfbalerts for items we urgently need as well as supermarket collection dates.

If you don't have a twitter account you can receive updates as text messages, just text:

Follow @durhamfoodbank     0r      Follow @durfbalerts    to 86444

You will receive a text when we tweet an alert.      
(Text messages charged at your network rate.)


Refresh your wardrobe.  Recycle your clothes.  Revamp your style.

Saturday 30th June, The Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate.

£5 adults  / £2 children


How it works...

Arrive from 10am to donate and browse.

1. Bring along at least one item of clothing that you'd like to swap.

2. Make sure your donations are in good condition, clean, ironed, and on hangers where possible.

3. Clothes will be put on display for everyone to browse.

4. From 11am. Swish opens for you to choose items you'd like to take home with you.


Starting and finishing in Great Lumley, the 70 mile loop will take in the Millenium Bridge, the Sunderland coast line and the South Shields ferry.

Take a look at the route here. You can join for as much or as little you like.

So get some sponsors (sponsorship form available here) and prepare to pedal!

Contact Glenn Jones for more details: 07971 287 560


Durham foodbank has now fed over 700 people - over 200 through our North Road distribution point in Durham. Demand continues to rise and we are very grateful to the donors who have made it possible for us to keep up. We continue to work at expanding the number of distribution points so that our services are brought closer to those who need them. Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement. 


Durham foodbank now has distribution points in Chester-le-Street at the Parish Centre on Monday and Wednesday mornings and at Evangel Church on Friday afternoons. More details can be found on the Opening times section.


Of 2000 mothers surveyed by Netmums recently, 1 in 5 regularly go without meals to feed their children, 16% are being treated for stress-related illnesses and one third are borrowing money from friends and family to stay afloat. Most mothers stated that their situation is worse than a year ago with less money coming in.    

Foodbanks meet mums in desperate situations every week. This week foodbank mum Donna was almost in tears as she told me that she couldn't afford birthday presents to give to her twins who will be 13 on Sunday. She said that her sons had asked to have a friend come to stay to celebrate their birthday but she hasn't said yes because she's not sure they can afford the extra food. Donna used to work in a school for children with Aspergers and Autism but is currently off work due to depression - which has been exacerbated by the family's financial worries. Her partner was recently made redundant and they are currently living on £38 per week due to mistakes with their benefits. This is the reality behind the statistics. Donna says she will be 'eternally grateful' for their foodbox. Without it she says she would have gone without food and had to try to scrape together enough money to give the children something, even just bread and butter. The family are keen to get back into work, that's the hope that keeps them going.


Foodbanks are opening at an unprecedented rate to meet the high demand for emergency food aid: in 2011 The Trussell Trust has launched a new foodbank every week, launching its 100th UK foodbank this week. We've also launched our first international foodbank in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

61,000 people nationwide have received emergency food handouts from The Trussell Trust's UK foodbanks in the last 12 months, 50% more than last year. Most foodbank recipients are not homeless; they are low-income working families who hit crisis, people who have been made redundant or people experiencing benefits delays. We are excited that more and more churches and communities across the UK are seeing the need on their doorsteps and working with us to launch more foodbanks.


Could your local church launch a foodbank?



You're more likely to know him for his roles in Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean rather than combatting poverty, but actor Bill Nighy is a keen campaigner on social justice. As one of the voices of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, Bill wanted to find out more about UK poverty and Oxfam suggested that he visit a Trussell Trust foodbank!

On Wednesday we took Bill to Hammersmith and Fulham foodbank where he met foodbank clients, heard their stories and even packed a foodbox himself. At the end of his visit we asked Bill what he thought, he told us: 'It's very moving to come here in modern times to see a room incredibly well stocked with donated food for people who, through no fault of their own, have dropped through the cracks. The fact that the people here volunteer to help is both touching and exemplary. I salute all those involved.'

Watch Guardian online's film of Bill's visit


Following the closure of three local companies, Okehampton foodbank has seen numbers needing emergency food soar from 20 to 200 per week.  Unemployment in the Devon town has risen from 2% to nearly 12% leaving many former employees with no choice but to rely on food parcels from Okehampton foodbank until redundancy packages and benefit payments come through. 

The plight of the people in Okehampton and surge in numbers turning to the foodbank has been widely reported by the national media.  Whilst local people have rallied to provide extra food to meet the demand, the foodbank is still under pressure. Okehampton foodbank's Andrew Morgan told the Guardian, "We are still appealing for food, it is desperately needed: some staff made redundant hadn't been paid for weeks. There really are people with no money and they really can't afford to put food on the table."

Adrian and Kay Vernon were both made redundant from Polestar foods, Okehampton, and suddenly left with no money.  With a four-year-old daughter to feed, Adrian told the BBC that his foodbox was 'a lifesaver'.

Unemployment nationwide is at a 17-year high and foodbanks across the country are experiencing huge demand.  This year the UK foodbank network estimates it has fed 60,000 people; an increase of nearly 20,000 people from the previous year.

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