Charity is now banking on more support

Linda Fugill (centre), of Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, with Katie Wallace (left) and Rachel Gibson of Newcastle Building Societys Morpeth branch.
Linda Fugill (centre), of Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, with Katie Wallace (left) and Rachel Gibson of Newcastle Building Societys Morpeth branch.

A food bank is banking on more support, thanks to staff at a building society.

The Wansbeck Valley Food Bank has been chosen by the Morpeth branch of Newcastle Building Society as its charity of the year for 2016.

After a customer highlighted the food bank’s work, staff visited the Dacre Street warehouse in the town to find out more about its operations.

Two hamper raffles have already raised £150 with more fundraising events planned and a food drop-off point set up in the branch.

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank was established to help prevent and relieve poverty or financial hardship by providing food to local families in need across Morpeth with distribution centres in Ashington, Lynemouth, Newbiggin and Pegswood.

It collects non-perishable food which is issued as parcels to individuals in financial hardship who have been referred to them.

Branch manager Katie Wallace said: “We weren’t greatly aware of the work the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank did until one of our customers told us about it.

“Having visited their warehouse, we could see just how important their activities are, and getting behind this work ties in with our ethos of supporting our communities.”

“Our customers have always been really generous in supporting the various good causes that we’ve worked for in the past, and as well as being able to hand over £150, we’ve also been able to donate several bags of food that will directly help people in our community who are in real need.”

Linda Fugill, project manager at the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, added: “Last year, we spent £10,000 on food to be able to continue to meet the increasing need to provide food parcels for our clients.

“We are extremely grateful for the support provided by the local branch of the Newcastle Building Society. It is encouraging to see the local community and its businesses helping those facing a crisis.”

For more information on the work of the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, visit www.wansbeckvalleyfoodbank.org