Sunderland workers helping those in need

Kate Townsend co-ordinator for Sunderland food bank (right) is presented with items by Barclay staff (left to right) Claire Connolly, Allan Carlyon (bluets) and Tye Simms. Picture by FRANK REID
Kate Townsend co-ordinator for Sunderland food bank (right) is presented with items by Barclay staff (left to right) Claire Connolly, Allan Carlyon (bluets) and Tye Simms. Picture by FRANK REID

Big-hearted Sunderland workers have given a helping hand to those in need across the city.

The staff at Barclays Sunderland at Doxford Park spent two weeks collecting items for Sunderland Foodbank and handed over a mountain of goods.

It was just what we needed

Kate Townsend

Kate Townsend, co-ordinator for Sunderland Foodbank, said she was amazed by the amount the staff collected.

She said the weight of the goods came in at 400kg.

Kate said: “It was really, really great, we are delighted. It was just what we needed.

“It will provide more than 950 meals for people in emergency food crises in Sunderland. We’re very grateful for their support.”

The items have all been taken to the organisations warehouse where they will be distributed to all the foodbanks across the city.

Kate said: “It will be shared out across Sunderland.

“It is a fantastic amount of food and will make a big difference to people who are experiencing a food crisis.”

The Sunderland Foodbank is always on the lookout for donations and currently is in need of items such as coffee, tinned fish, sugar, fruit, pasta sauce, potatoes, rice pudding and tomatoes.

Kate said they are also starting to prepare food parcels for families to help with holiday hunger.

She said: “We are starting to co-ordinate some of the holiday hunger stuff now. We know a lot of families struggle during school holidays because the children are not getting their free meals.”

Any donations to the foodbanks in Sunderland would be hugely welcomed.

The Sunderland Foodbank has a food store at 90 Coronation Street in Hendon where people can take donations. It is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays each week from 9am to 5pm.