Alnwick District Food Bank has now been operating at 400% capacity, and occasionally higher, for 12 months. During that time we have delivered just over 3000 food parcels, that is over 6500 bags of food, 30,000 meals, to clients. This food has gone to approximately 350 households, around 1000 people in Alnwick and the surrounding Districts.
This would not have been possible without the dedication of over 30 volunteers who have worked tirelessly to deliver this service, even during the lockdowns. We would also like to thank the local community for it’s fantastic support through donations as well as logistical and infrastructure support. Amongst those who have helped we would like to thank Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, LIDL, Turnbulls Butchers, the Newcastle Building Society, Royal Mail, The Alnwick Round Table, The Alnwick Lions, Alnwick Town Council, The Mayor, Northumberland County Council, NEED, the staff at the Lindisfarne Adult Education Centre and an army of local charities, businesses, churches, sports teams and individuals who have rallied round to provide donations which enabled us to meet the need within the community.
The Chair, Clive Gibson, said, ‘As summer approaches, the weather improves and vaccinations surge ahead people can be forgiven for thinking that things are going to quickly return to normal. However, we are not seeing a drop in demand and do not expect to for some time to come. So, please keep donating as much food as you can, as often as you can, to help us continue to meet that demand and reach out to the most vulnerable in our community’.
At the end of an extraordinary year all at the Alnwick District Food Bank would like to say thank you to everyone who has dug deep and helped us rise to an exceptional challenge, a challenge that is ongoing.