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FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTING GOODS TO FAMILIES IN NEED OF HELP.

A FOOD BANK set up in Gateshead is the latest addition to the Trussell Trust's growing network of clubs offering emergency food to crisis-hit families.

The Gateshead Foodbank, run by volunteers from churches in Gateshead, is now working care professionals, GPs and the Citizens Advice Bureau, to distribute food to those families in need in the town. They provide three days of emergency food to people who find themselves in need.

The first food collection will take place this week at the Co-op Store in Birtley and the scheme will be launched in November. Secretary of the Beacon Lough Baptist Church Ian Britton is part of the Gateshead Foodbank, and he said there was a need to launch the service in the town.

He said: "We think there is a need for the food bank. Our long-term hope is that food banks won't be necessary, but in the meantime they will give emergency aid to people who need it.

"People say there is a need, but we won't know the demand until we get up and running."

For more information on getting involved or to support the Gateshead Foodbank you can call 0191 487 0898 or email info@gateshead.foodbank. org.uk or log on to their website at www.gateshead.foodbank.org.uk.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2012
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