Food banks

Food banks help individuals and families in crisis.

This could be because of sudden unemployment, delays in benefit payments, benefits sanctions and financial problems.

They give food parcels to people while they get help to sort out their crisis.

To receive a food parcel you may need to be referred to a food bank by a professional such as a housing officer, social worker, Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advisor, doctor or health advisor.

Local food banks

Hospitality and Hope

A food bank and support service for vulnerable and homeless people in South Tyneside. They offer food parcels on a referral system and offer help with supported housing and health and wellbeing services.

Hospitality and Hope

Hebburn Helps

A food bank and crisis response team providing food parcels, clothing, baby equipment, household items and more.

Hebburn Helps

Key2Life Food Bank

Key2Life work with South Tyneside Churches Together to provide emergency food and support to anyone in the borough experiencing hardship.

They are based at Boldon Lane Library with drop-off points around South Shields.

Key2Life Food Bank

Bede's Helping Hands

A volunteer run organisation serving South Tyneside.

They are based in the former Primrose Library in the Scotch Estate, Jarrow.

0191 816 3021

Facebook: Bede's Helping Hands Food Bank

Boldon Community Association

The community association, based in New Road in Boldon Colliery, offers a food bank for the local community. 

Boldon Community Association Food Bank 

Family Gateway

Working across the North East, Family Gateway supports families who are living in poverty or disadvantage and are struggling to bring up their children on very little money. 

Family Gateway