We have taken a look at some of the places supporting families on Wearside - and some of the places you can also contact if you wish to make a donation.
Some opening hours and services may be subject to change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so please contact the centres directly for more information.
Sunderland Foodbank has its main office and food store at Coronation Street but does not distribute parcels from this address.
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It works at the following food bank centres, according to the Trussell Trust:
Ashbrooke - Bethany City Church:Bede Tower, Burdon Road. Open from 4pm until 5pm, Mondays to Thursdays.
Millfield - City Life Church: Hylton Road. Open from 1pm until 3pm on Wednesdays and 10am until 12pm on Fridays.
Eden Vale - ELIM Sunderland: New Durham Road. Open from 10.30am until 12.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pennywell - St Thomas' Church:Petersfield Road. Open from 1pm until 3pm on Thursdays.
Shiney Row - St John’s: Church Street. Open from 11.30am until 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Farringdon Youth & Community Centre: Allendale Road. Open from 1.30pm until 3pm on Mondays and Fridays.
Washington - St Michael & All Angels: Manor Road. Open from 9am until 12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Redhouse - Riverlife Church: Redcar Road. Open from 10am until 12pm on Wednesdays.
Here are a number of community food banks and projects operating in and around Sunderland:
Washington Community Food Project (WCFP):Unit O, The Galleries. Open from 12pm until 3pm at this location from Tuesdays to Fridays.
WCFP also operates from the following locations:
St George’s Church, Harraton: 10am until 11.30am on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10.30am until 2.30pm on Wednesdays.
Washington Community Furnishings, Barmston: 10am until 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Oxclose Church, Oxclose: 8am until 2pm on Mondays, 1pm until 6pm on Wednesdays, 8am until 1pm on Thursdays, 2pm until 6pm on Fridays.
Fightback Charity: High Street East.
Offers a number of services for vulnerable people who experience disadvantage, including collecting donations to make food parcels.
Click here to find out more about their work.
Hetton New Dawn: Hetton & Eppleton Community Hall, Front Street.
A charity in the heart of the Hetton community, the team has launched the Loaves and Fishes food bank as well as providing meals for those who need them from the community hall.
The Salvation Army, Southwick Community Project: Shakespeare Street.
Provides a number of services in the community, including a food bank.
Visit the website here for contact details and to find out about opening times.
Thorney Close Community food bank: Thorney Close Action and Enterprise Centre
Community run food bank which works with Thorney Close FC.
Open Wednesdays 10am – 12pm and Friday afternoons 1pm – 3pm.
Leave a message with the centre on 0191 561 4127
Space4 Food Bank: Houghton.
The team is continuing to collect donations for food parcels, as well as moving its regular sessions – including crafting, men’s hour and woman’s hour – online.
Visit their Facebook page to find out how you can help.
Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen: Currently collecting donations for its Christmas boxes and running a number of other appeals.
Click on their name above to visit them on Facebook.
If we’ve missed a food bank you work with or volunteer for, please let us know and we will add it to our list. Drop us a message on Facebook here, comment on this article on social media or email [email protected] Thank you.