FareShare North East does not give food directly to individuals, but there are many organisations in the region that do. If you are an individual in need of food support, please get in touch with any of the following organisations who may be able to assist you.
The Trussell Trust operates the largest network of food banks across the UK. You can search for your nearest food bank via their interactive map.
Please note that some Trussell Trust foodbanks have closed in response to Covid-19. Contact your nearest Trussell Trust center for details.
Independent Aid Network
IFAN are the UK network for independent aid food providers. They support and connect a range of independent frontline food aid organisations while advocating on their behalf at a national level. They have mapped 834 independent food banks. Visit their website here.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers that support local community groups by organising mutual aid throughout the pandemic. You can find out what is happening in your area here.
The British Red Cross
The British Red Cross has set up a free coronavirus support line for people who are feeling lonely and worried, or finding it hard to cope during covid-19. Red Cross volunteers from the psychosocial and mental health team are on-hand to provide both practical and emotional support, and connect people with additional support in their local area.
Contact 0808 196 3651 for their support line, which is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Their service is free, and completely confidential. You can find more information here.
Feeding Britain are running a network of emergency food programmes across the UK to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the communities in which we operate, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. You can find out more information here.
Olio Food Sharing App
OLIO is a free app allowing neighbours to offer perfectly good, unwanted food to each other. Everything shared on OLIO is for free. They have developed safe sharing ‘no-contact pickups’ in response to Covid-19. Click here for more information and to download the app.
Sustainable Food Places
Sustainable Food Places are supporting local convening and responses to the food emergency created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Their website shares examples of local food partnerships on the ground as well as sharing Government advice. For more information click here.
NHS Volunteer Responder Service
If you are currently not supported and need some help with shopping, a prescription collection or a friendly chat then NHS Volunteer Responders can help you. The service is for people who are shielding, are over 70 or pregnant with a medical condition, have a long term health condition – or if for people who consider themselves to be socially or medically vulnerable for any other reason.
The Association of Charitable Organisations
The ACO represents around 120 charities that all provide grants to individuals in need of support. During the rest of this year they are running a campaign called Here to Help. This is to raise awareness among key referral agencies and members of the public of the support that could be available to them from grant-giving charities. As a part of this campaign they have also developed a short leaflet for individuals about the financial help that is available from charities and how to find support, and a poster for referral agencies to remind them of the help that could be available to individuals that approach them in financial distress.
In the Local Area
If you are a charity or community group that provides support to individuals through food and would like to be included in this list, please email us.