Food bank secures £8,000 lottery funding to keep feeding hungry in Washington

Sorting the stores at the Washington Communuity Food Project are ( left to right) Malcolm Dawson his wife Joanne, and Julie Simpson.

Sorting the stores at the Washington Communuity Food Project are ( left to right) Malcolm Dawson his wife Joanne, and Julie Simpson.

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A FOOD bank is feeding the hungry as it puts a grant to good use.

Bosses at Washington Community Food Project are thrilled about securing the £8,250 cash pot from the Big Lottery Fund.

Staff say the money will help them pay their rent and utility bills, as well as covering the cost of buying stationery.

It will also help them hand out more food parcels to those facing hard times.

The cash comes as they look to expand their services to include debt advice and a twice-weekly soup kitchen.

Secretary Joanne Dawson, 38, said: “Our food parcels are aimed at any anyone who needs them.

“Most of the people we send parcels to are, in fact, ordinary people who have suddenly fallen on hard times.

“Our service is badly needed in these very difficult times.”

The project is one of 59 groups in the North East given cash through the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All scheme.

The soup kitchen is being launched because many of those being given food parcels by the project are homeless and so lack facilities to cook.

The project is holding a fund-raising prize night at the Stella pub, in Albany, at 7pm, on Wednesday, June 12, featuring clairvoyant Sean Roper and music from Rapid Horizons.

Call the project 07775651806 or 452 7392 for more information.