A Tyneside charity has been given a special award for helping to provide food to thousands of families struggling with cash.
The Bay Foodbank has been presented with the Whitley Bay Town Cup by North Tyneside Council.
The authority awards the cup to an organisation or individual of the town who has brought about an outstanding event in the last year, or has been of outstanding service to the community.
The foodbank was chosen this year in recognition of its work in providing emergency food parcels to residents having financial problems either through low income, redundancy, medical bills, a bereavement or benefit delays.
Coun Tommy Mulvenna, chairman of council, said:
“This cup is a fantastic way to show our appreciation and recognising the excellent work that these organisations do.
“The Bay Foodbank provides a very important service to the residents of not only Whitley Bay, but the whole of North Tyneside and they thoroughly deserve this honour.”
The charity has set up several drop-off points across the borough, in locations including supermarkets and churches, where members of the public leave donations of non-perishable food items such as long life milk, tea bags, coffee, tinned fish, meat and vegetables, and baby food.
These are then packaged into parcels and delivered to needy families.
People can be referred to the service by churches, doctors, social services or other agencies.
Rev Alan Dickinson, the group’s chairman, said:
“The Bay Foodbank is honoured to receive the Whitley Bay Town Cup.
“We’d like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers who devote their time, but also those who donate to us because without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do.
“We’re currently supplying around 1,200 meals per week to those most at need in North Tyneside – resulting in a total of almost 12,000 people we have helped support since 2012.
“Last year was our busiest year yet and we can only hope that our fantastic supporters will stick with us for the coming year.
“We have a good working relationship with North Tyneside Council and look forward to continuing this in 2015.”
The Town Cup was introduced by the former Whitley Bay Council in 1954 and it was donated to North Tyneside Council on its formation in 1974.
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 23 Jan 2015