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Published by Joanne McNally for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities

Julie Riseborough, Riverside presents cheque to Gateshead Foodbank Julie Riseborough, Riverside presents cheque to Gateshead Foodbank

Riverside one of the UK’s leading housing providers has provided £500 of funding to Gateshead Foodbank.

Gateshead Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis.  Non perishable food is donated by schools, churches, local businesses and individuals. All food given out by the foodbank is donated.  Supermarket Collections’ are also one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.

Local Riverside staff recently signed up as volunteers and will use time off allowed for volunteering to work in the distribution centre, give out food to clients and sort out donations at the warehouse.

Since Gateshead Foodbank started in 2012 it has received over 49 tonnes of food donations which has been used to feed over 3000 people within Gateshead.

According to recent data over 50 per cent of UK adults are struggling to keep up with bills and debt repayments. Over 200,000 people have received three days' emergency food from a foodbank since April and across the country, foodbanks are creating new schemes to help families who are struggling over the school holidays.

Claire O’Shea, one of Riverside’s volunteers said “with increasing numbers of people requiring the help of foodbanks, this is a great opportunity to give something back.”

Jackie from Gateshead Foodbank said “We are delighted to have built up a relationship with staff from Riverside and are grateful for the recent cash donation and volunteering time.  Fundraising is vital as we need to maintain sufficient funds to cover basic running costs so that together we can continue to provide Emergency Food for local people in crisis. 

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