£6,000 COVID-19 Support Grant from Durham Freemasons.
Billingham & Stockton Borough Food bank
Awarded Substantial Grant
Local people in crisis due to the Covid-19 lock down in and around Billingham and Stockton, are to benefit for the next 3 months because of as a result of the COVID-19 Support Grant from Durham Freemasons.
Provincial Grand Secretary Tom Gittins went along to Billingham to hand over the Grant, where he was met by Manager, Jill Coyle who stated.
“Your donation will enable us to restock and will fund approximately 133, 3 day nutritionally balanced, family food boxes. Hopefully one day there will be no need for foodbanks as everyone will have enough to meet their needs, but until then we will support those in crisis, thank you Durham Freemasons”.
Clients will receive a package of groceries designed to last approx. 3 days for each household unit, many of these people will not yet be receiving government support or Universal Credit so there need is immediate and severe.
The Food bank operates alongside the Trussell Trust Support Charity, to provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
The Group covers four food banks Billingham, Norton, Newtown and Hardwick, with clients being referred by the local authority and partner agencies.
Those in need can collect food from one of the 4 facilities, however, an ever-increasing demand for home deliveries during the current pandemic, has led to the distribution of 7500 emergency food parcels to those in need.
Local people in crisis due to the Covid-19 lock down in and around Billingham and Stockton. Clients receive a package of groceries designed to last approx. 3 days for the household unit. Many of these people will not yet be receiving government support or Universal Credit so there need is immediate and severe.
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