2017 Local Community Service Activities

Weekly Food Kitchen - The West End Food Bank

Weekly Food Kitchen

The Rotary Club of Newcastle upon Tyne West supports a local north east charity, The North East Helpline, to distribute meals and clothing and other goods to homeless people each week.

A member of the Club attends the weekly distributions in the west end of Newcastle on Sunday evenings.

The charity distributes food and goods to about 50 to 75 people each week.

Last autumn, the charity asked the Club to help in raising money for the funding of sleeping bags, which are a common request. The Club donated £500 and was pleased to be able to secure a matching £500 through a Rotary District grant. This will provide 50 sleeping bags for local homeless people in Newcastle.

 

The West End Food Bank

The Rotary Club of Newcastle upon Tyne West supports North East charity, The West End Food Bank, with its activities through donations and other fundraising activities.

The West End Food Bank opened in March 2013 and has grown to be the largest food bank in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people in the last year. It offers emergency food assistance to people in the west end of Newcastle, which is one of the most economically and socially deprived areas in the North East.

The Food Bank works in partnership with specialist agencies to help people overcome the often complex underlying problems that have led to them needing the food bank, such as household debt, worklessness, risk of homelessness, addiction and not claiming full benefit entitlements.

The Rotary Club is currently helping the Food Bank to raise funds to purchase a replacement van for the collection of foodstuffs. We are assisting with a grant application and, in conjunction with the West End Food Bank, our Club has organised a special screening of the BAFTA award winning film “I, Daniel Blake”.

The film is a hard-hitting commentary on life for those on state benefits. It is centred around the west end of Newcastle, with various scenes filmed in the Food Bank itself.

 All proceeds raised from the showing of the film will be put towards the cost of the new vehicle.

The screening took place on Thursday 27th April at the City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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