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Council supports food banks to help them cope with added demand

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Sunderland City Council is supporting food banks as they experience a surge in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Food banks in Sunderland are currently supporting close to 500 people per week with food, providing around 1500 meals weekly across the city.

Sunderland Foodbank alone provides food to over 200 people per week and has seen demand increase by more than 200% since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

It estimates it will need in excess of four tonnes of food each month for food parcels to meet the increased demands, with other food banks echoing these concerns.

This unprecedented increase in food bank use has placed pressure on stock reserves at a time when it’s more difficult than usual to receive donations.

In response to this, the council has been supporting food banks across Sunderland, donating a range of non-perishable items to Sunderland Foodbank and fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables to Loves and Fishes and Space4.

Sunderland City Council has also donated its own stock of leftover fresh food to local community organisations and charities to help combat hunger and reduce food waste, so far this has benefitted local organisations Chance, The Salvation Army and the YMCA.  

Councillor John Kelly, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “During these uncertain times it is more important than ever that we pull together and look out for people who may be struggling.

“I am delighted that the council is able to support foodbanks across the city when they need it most and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who is volunteering and going the extra mile.”

Major supermarkets have also ramped up donations to Sunderland food banks, with Morrison's sending additional supplies and encouraging their customers to donate, and Sunderland business Clearly Water donating substantial supplies of flavoured and still water for distribution across the city’s food banks.

Jo Gordon, Sunderland Foodbank Coordinator, said: “Sunderland Foodbank would like to thank the Council, our volunteers and all our donors for their continuing support at this critical time. Without the people of Sunderland behind us we could not pass on the help that people around us need.”

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