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Today in Redcar and the surrounding area there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low income, a sudden crisis, redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent, heating and eating.

Redcar Area Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. We help to prevent family breakdown, housing loss, crime and mental health problems. We also take time to listen and signpost people to further support.

Redcar Area Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network. This helps local churches and communities to open foodbanks, providing emergency food to thousands of people nationwide every year. Locally Redcar Area Foodbank is supported by Churches Together in Redcar.

People donate gifts of Time, Money and Food to help stop people going hungry. We could not do it without you.

How a foodbank works

All food given out is donated, whether by schools, churches, businesses, individuals, or through supermarket collections.

Food is sorted and stored – At the warehouse, food is sorted by volunteers according to type and ‘best before date’. They pack it into boxes and store it, ready for use. Food is then taken to foodbank centres, where it is made up into food parcels for clients. We currently have seven centres locally (our church at East Cleveland Baptist, Park Avenue being one of the centres).

Please click on the link for further information. http://redcararea.foodbank.org.uk/

Frontline professionals identify people in need – Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers, amongst others, identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Clients receive food – Clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days’ supply of emergency food in a crisis. Parcels have been designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food. Clients can have up to four vouchers in six months.

Clients are signposted to further support – Volunteers meet clients over a hot free meal and a drink and are able to signpost people to agencies who can help resolve the longer-term problem. As foodbanks are an emergency food-provision service, it is important to get clients in touch with organisations who can help them address the underlying problem.

Anyone wishing to find out more about our local Foodbank please contact Helen Hedges on 01642484842/07927365559 or e-mail, admin@redcararea.foodbank.org.uk