Food bank takes its service to another community

Linda Fugill-Project Manager of the newly opened Wansbeck Valley Food Bank at Widdrington Station.'REF 1211140678
Linda Fugill-Project Manager of the newly opened Wansbeck Valley Food Bank at Widdrington Station.'REF 1211140678

A service providing emergency food parcels for people in need has expanded.

The Wansbeck Valley Food Bank was set up in Morpeth and Ashington in December 2012 to provide packs of food to last at least three days for people referred to it by welfare professionals.

The volunteer-led service later branched out to Newbiggin, Lynemouth and Pegswood, and this year more than 1,500 parcels have been distributed.

Now the scheme has opened a distribution centre in Widdrington Station to make it easier for residents there to access its support.

Project Manager Linda Fugill said: “We found that we were getting residents from Widdrington coming to us, but they were having to travel to Morpeth or Ashington so we thought it would be a good idea to open somewhere closer to them.

“The people of Widdrington were very keen for us to come here and quite a few people from the village have come forward as volunteers. There is a lot of support for the food bank.

“We still need food and donations, especially coming up to Christmas. We did really well for donations at harvest time, but I think that food will go down quickly now.”

The Widdrington Station service is based at ATAC in Mile Road every Wednesday, from 10am to noon.

Food and cash donations can be deposited at the New Life Christian Centre in Dacre Street, Morpeth.