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Riverside Supports Food Bank

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

Riverside Board Member Diana Pearce presents cheque to members of Durham Food Bank Riverside Board Member Diana Pearce presents cheque to members of Durham Food Bank

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

Durham 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.

Since the Durham Foodbank started in September 2011 it has received over 177 tonnes of food donations which has been used to feed over 23,500 people across the whole of County Durham.

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.

Diana Pearce, Riverside board member said “The Riverside Group is a national housing provider that seeks to work effectively with partners for the good of local communities.  I am pleased that we have been able to support the Durham Foodbank, in addition to a number of other foodbanks across the Trussell Trust network.”

Peter MacLellan of the Durham foodbank said  “We are very grateful for the recent cash donation from Riverside.  Fundraising and donations are absolutely vital in order to cover the basic running costs of the food bank so that we can continue to get food and support to local people in crisis.

 

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