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Sunderland and Co Durham Foodbank


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A substantial donation from Durham Benevolence to the tune of £10,000 has been made to the Sunderland and Durham Foodbank. Although a lot of food is donated there can be a shortfall in some items and the money will be used to purchase these items to complete the food parcel so that there is a sustainable diet for the whole family.  The Masonic Charitable Foundation have generously match funded this donation, making a total donation of £20,000.


The Sunderland and Co.Durham Foodbank is based at the Drum Industrial Estate, just Northwest of Chester le Street. They are kept extremely busy by many volunteers, supplying 35 foodbank distribution centres spread around the province.  Over the last 12 months they have supplied emergency food and toiletries to 24,000 people in financial crisis across the region including over 5000 children. 


Durham Benevolence surprised the Foodbank by adding 150 large teddies to be given to children who would not otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas as they would hope to do.


The whole operation is manned by many hard working volunteers including 4 Freemasons from the province. They are Jonathan Stapley, Andrew Thompson, Tom Foster and John Thompson.


Peter MacLellan the Chief Executive of the Durham Christian Partnership, the parent company which looks after the Foodbank expressed his thanks to the Durham Freemasons for their tremendous contribution, which will benefit many families throughout the province. A link below will take you to his thank you in a short video clip.



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