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The food bank cashes in grant to secure future

Rio Tinto's Joanne Hannay (left) and Wansbeck Valley Food Bank's Linda Fugill.

Rio Tinto's Joanne Hannay (left) and Wansbeck Valley Food Bank's Linda Fugill.

A scheme providing emergency food packs has been secured for at least another three-and-a-half years, thanks to grant funding.

The Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, which has its warehouse in Morpeth, has received £10,000 from the Rio Tinto Legacy Fund.

The scheme provides three-day food parcels for families and individuals in urgent need.

Project Manager Linda Fugill said: “People are turning to us for a variety of reasons. Some are unemployed, others might be switching benefits and are experiencing a short-term gap in their payments, and an increasing number are actually in employment, but are struggling with the costs of living.

“Our food parcels provide short-term relief while other care and support agencies work on longer-term solutions.

“Rio Tinto’s very generous donation helps safeguard the food bank until at least the winter of 2017 so we are extremely grateful.”

The fund was set up after the closure of Rio Tinto’s aluminium smelter in Lynemouth in March 2012 and has distributed more than £550,000.

Rio Tinto Regional Economic Development Adviser Joanne Hannay said: “Wansbeck Valley Food Bank provides vulnerable members of our community with the essentials that many of us are able to take for granted.”

 

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