West End Food Bank has been given a £60,000 to buy a van and secure services for 2015. The donation has been made by Springfield House Trust, a charity set up by John and Sue Reece.
The food bank, based at Venerable Bede Church in the west end of Newcastle, has only been open for one year. It is already the largest in the country, currently providing food for over 1,000 people per week, roughly half of which are children. The food bank is affiliated to national organisation, The Trussell Trust.
The cost of this food if bought from a supermarket would be £10,000 per week or £500,000 per year.
During the period April 2013 – March 2014 the West End Food bank has fed over 23,000 people and, with no sign of demand reducing, that figure is expected to increase to around 60,000 – 70,000 during 2014-2015.
The Springfield House Trust was established in 2011 by John and Sue Reece and aims to help disadvantaged people in the region.