Foodbank fighting food poverty gets a helping hand

Foodbank fighting food poverty gets a helping hand

Published: 28 July 2022

King’s Church Foodbank continues to help people in food poverty thanks to a £5,000 donation from Darlington Building Society’ 5% Pledge.

The Darlington-based foodbank will use the donation to buy food to supplement the donations they receive, and towards buying a bigger van.

While the foodbank receives donations from schools, churches, supermarkets, and individuals, the money will enable them to purchase some relatively higher-priced items, such as tinned meat which provides protein and makes meals go further.

Every week, King’s Church Foodbank gives out between 180 and 200 bags containing enough items to produce seven, well-balanced meals.

Foodbank manager, Caroline Todd, said: “The foodbank has been going for ten years and the number of people accessing it is going up every week. We are now making up about 200 food bags every week – the highest we have ever done.

“We are so grateful to Darlington Building Society for this funding, which will allow us to help more people in different ways. It’s not just about handing out food – we also try to help people to get out of food poverty so that they don’t need to use the foodbank.

“If we can teach them how to budget, get them help if they are in debt or in arrears, then eventually they won’t need us.

“Unfortunately, harder times are coming, with people having to choose between eating or heating, so I think we will have a very busy winter.”

By upgrading their old van, they will be able to collect more donations.

Michelle Davies, manager at Darlington Building Society’s Tubwell Row Branch, said: “King’s Church Foodbank is doing a fantastic job of helping a lot of people who find themselves in very difficult circumstances.

“Supporting causes like this in our communities is made possible by our members and we are very happy to be able to provide some financial assistance to help them with their essential work.”

Any Society member experiencing financial difficulty can find more information on the help available from the Society at www.darlington.co.uk/member-support

Anyone wishing to help King’s Church Foodbank can find details at: www.kingschurchdarlington.org/foodbank

Darlington Building Society provides savings accounts and mortgages to people up and down the country. It is because of these borrowing and saving members that the Society is able to commit 5% of its annual profits to good causes in its heartland.