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Mayor visits volunteers at Gateshead Foodbank

Mayor visits Gateshead foodbank

The Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead called in at the Gateshead Foodbank today to chat to volunteers and learn more about their work.

Councillor Michael Hood was keen to see how one of his chosen Mayoral charities was coping with the increasing demands placed upon it.

His visit coincided with what is generally one of the foodbank's busiest days of the week

Gateshead Foodbank
Above: Gateshead Foodbank's huge central warehouse
Last year, the Gateshead foodbank distributed more than 6,500 three-day emergency food packs to local residents.

Only people issued with a voucher by care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and the police can obtain a pack of food from a foodbank.

As well as redeeming their voucher, clients have the chance to share a hot drink with a foodbank volunteer who can offer advice on agencies which might be able to help them solve their problems over the longer-term.

Gateshead Foodbank was established in 2012 by local churches and community groups.

Nationally, more than 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at foodbanks.

You can find out more about the work of Gateshead Foodbank by visiting their website https://gateshead.foodbank.org.uk/

Mayor visits Gateshead foodbank
19 July 2019

The Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead called in at the Gateshead Foodbank today to chat to volunteers and learn more about their work.

Councillor Michael Hood was keen to see how one of his chosen Mayoral charities was coping with the increasing demands placed upon it.

His visit coincided with what is generally one of the foodbank's busiest days of the week

Gateshead Foodbank
Above: Gateshead Foodbank's huge central warehouse
Last year, the Gateshead foodbank distributed more than 6,500 three-day emergency food packs to local residents.

Only people issued with a voucher by care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and the police can obtain a pack of food from a foodbank.

As well as redeeming their voucher, clients have the chance to share a hot drink with a foodbank volunteer who can offer advice on agencies which might be able to help them solve their problems over the longer-term.

Gateshead Foodbank was established in 2012 by local churches and community groups.

Nationally, more than 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at foodbanks.

You can find out more about the work of Gateshead Foodbank by visiting their website https://gateshead.foodbank.org.uk/

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