Middlesbrough Foodbank Opening Times
Monday: 12 noon – 2.00 pm
St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6JR
Wednesday: 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
FRADE Shop, 47 Wilson Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1SA
Thursday: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Middlesbrough Community Church, Clifton Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 4NA
Friday: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Holy Trinity Church, Market Place, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6LD
The Middlesbrough Foodbank commenced its operations in Sept. 2012 and it is estimated that by the end of March 2013 1,000 people (including children) will have received emergency food.
What exactly is the Foodbank? It consists of a warehouse in Berwick Hills, now equipped with new shelving where large stock of food can be stored. Collection points which can simply consist of a box in an office or church, such as the one in the Narthex at St Barnabas
Also there are collections at supermarkets where volunteers stand at the doors handing people a list of items needed and asking them to donate just one item which they can hand in as they leave. The value of the food is then totted up and Tesco donate 30% of the value to the Foodbank to spend in store on items most in demand. This amounted to £1,100 on our last collection day in three branches of Tescos.
You then have the distribution points. At the present moment these are at St. Barnabas on Monday, FRADE, near the town centre on Wednesday, Middlesbrough Community Church on Thursday and Holy Trinity on Friday and The Seventh Day Adventists on Wednesday mornings.
What happens at the distribution point? People in crisis can be given a voucher by their social worker, Probation Officer or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. This entitles them to 3 days food and they may be given up to 3 vouchers whilst the crisis lasts. The distribution volunteers take the voucher, offer them coffee and a chance to chat and pray if appropriate whilst the food is being bagged. We have check lists ranging from ‘single person’ to ‘family with 3 or more children.
These are all co-ordinated by Nigel Perrott who is slowly developing and expanding the work.
There are still plenty of scope for volunteers particularly in the supermarket collections. This only needs you to give 2 or 3 hours every few months and is a really worthwhile task.