As part of our commitment to helping those who are most vulnerable in our community, we decided to raise a generous amount of donations for Newcastle West End Foodbank for those who need it the most this Christmas.
The Importance of Foodbanks
Currently, over 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on low income.
A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health issues.
Why Newcastle West End Foodbank?
Newcastle West End Foodbank opened in March 2013 and has grown to be the largest foodbank in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people in the last year.
They provide emergency food assistance to people in the west end of Newcastle, which is one of the most economically and socially deprived areas in the North East. In the majority of cases they are able to support people overcoming their food crisis after three visits. Individuals who need further support are introduced to the Integration Project. Through the project they work in partnership with Specialist Agencies to help people overcome the often complex underlying problems that have led to them needing the foodbank, such as household debt, unemployment, risk of homelessness, addiction and not claiming full benefit entitlement.
Charities such as Newcastle West End Foodbank rely on the support of others to ensure nobody in our local community has to go hungry. The gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference.
Big or small, every gift received by the foodbank helps transform the lives of those struggling. Give a little this Christmas.
Blog by Annabella Dolling, Paralegal