Food bank receives critical cash boost

Social landlord Isos has committed to supporting the crucial work of the West Northumberland Food Bank (WNFB) for a second year to help feed those in need.

The £7,850 investment will help support the food bank’s staffing costs and provide advice and support to people currently using the service.

The WNFB provides a three day emergency food supply to anybody experiencing poverty throughout West Northumberland. The organisation uses 33 distribution centres across the area to provide food to people who need it most.

Those struggling to put food on the table can receive help from the WNFB via local churches, community centres, children’s centres, domestic violence and homeless projects, libraries, and even from the back of youth workers’ cars.

The WNFB has organised a series of new healthy eating ‘Eat Well for Less’ workshops, to help people make the most of their food and learn new skills.

The workshops will take place over the next year to teach people how to cook nutritious meals on a budget. The sessions will provide hands-on cooking workshops and demonstrations.

The first ‘Eat Well for Less’ workshop was successfully trialled last month. Over a dozen people attended the workshop at the WNFB base, close to the Isos office on Burn Lane, Hexham.

Richard Mitchell, Community Investment Manager at Isos said: “This is the second year we have supported the West Northumberland Food Bank. During the first 12 months, the bank distributed over 1,700 bags of food to at least 262 homes ? that equates to over 500 people.

“While it’s great that people are getting the food they desperately need, these figures are bitter-sweet. The growing demand for food banks means we need to continue signposting advice services across West Northumberland.”