September 2015 Newsletter

This is a bit of a bumper newsletter as the past 3 months at The BAY Foodbank have been filled with all kinds of good news and generosity from our wonderful supporters! We’ve once again partnered with North Tyneside Council for their ‘Grow & Eat’ project, been on the receiving end of some fantastic fundraising efforts and generous corporate grants, awarded the ‘Extra Mile Award’ and a £5,000 grant as part of ‘Accenture’s People Oscar’s’ and last but certainly not least, been voted as ‘Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year!’ by their customers.

All of this not only helps us to continue to operate our service as we have done since 2012, but it also allows us to improve and expand upon the assistance we can provide and the means in which we can help people who are going through tough financial times. Whilst is it nice to be recognised for the work the charity and its supporters do, it is important to remember who we are doing it for. We have now, sadly, passed the milestone of 14,800 served with emergency food parcels, including nearly 5,000 children and babies. We are continuing to provide food to almost 500 people per month – a figure which shows no signs of slowing down. In July, we delivered over 300 parcels in a month, bringing the total to over 8,000. This has only ever occurred 5 times in the 41 months we’ve been running. It is this reason that we are sincerely thankful for all the help and donations we receive from local supporters.

You can find all the latest news on our website and Facebook page – along with an updated food wishlist each week of items we are currently running low on.

The BAY Foodbank TV Interview (Made in Tyne & Wear)
After a successful partnership last year, we are once again working alongside North Tyneside Council as part of their ‘Grow & Eat’ project this summer. The project, headed up by Dave Gordon, involves a number of local allotment owners across the North Tyneside area donating their surplus fresh vegetables to the foodbank. This fresh produce is then given out through the week to vulnerable people who are need of emergency food parcels. It proved to be highly popular in 2014 and donations this year have been coming in thick and fast! As a result of this, we were asked to take part in a TV interview which was aired on ‘Made in Tyne & Wear’ (Freeview Channel 8). We’d like to say a big thank you to all of those who have devoted their time and effort to help provide us with vegetable donations!

You can watch the short interview here –

The BAY Foodbank named as Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year
After nearly a month of public voting, we were informed by Sainsbury’s (Whitley Bay) that we were to be named as their Local Charity of the Year! In July, Branch Manager Roger Thompson and a handful of staff from the store came by the foodbank to brainstorm ideas about how they could support us over the next 12 months and help spread the word about what we do as a charity. We are certainly looking forward to this partnership with Sainsbury’s and are immensely excited about the opportunities this will create during the year! Thank you for voting for us!

Local Minister reaches the peak of fundraising success for The BAY Foodbank
In July, we were over the moon to receive donations of over £1800 after Jona Sewell, a local Minister and Circuit Superindendant from North Shields Methodist Church, started a fundraising campaign by completing the National 3 Peaks challenge! Jona tackled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, totalling almost 3500m, in just over 24 hours in order to raise the donations!

Jona said “It was fantastic to be able to do something like this in order to raise money for such a great cause. I was touched by the generosity of people from the community and also by those in the local churches for their £1000 contribution”

The donation will go towards food purchases and fuel for the delivery van which provides emergency food parcels to vulnerable individuals and families in the North Tyneside area. We’d like to express our thanks to Jona for his fantastic fundraising. We’d also like to sincerely thank all those who donated to the cause – it’s going to be a great help.

Award and Grant from Accenture
We are privileged to announce that we have also been awarded the ‘Extra Mile Award’ as part of ‘Accenture’s People Oscars’, which comes with a £5,000 grant to help charities continue the work they do! We’d also like to offer a special thank you to Carol Minto who nominated us, and for all of her hard work in organising monthly donation drivers for us with her work colleagues at Accenture.

Help from ‘Hannah’s Helping Hand’
We’d like to say a big thank to Hannah Warburton, age 6, for her donations! Hannah, who runs her own Facebook page that helps different charities each month (Hannah’s Helping Hand) wanted to collect food for others who “couldn’t afford their own”. She came along in July with her family to add her donations to our shelves. Thank you Hannah! Good luck with next month’s charity work! You can follow Hannah’s next project on her blog by clicking here.

‘Coast2Coast’ fundraising success!
It’s not just keen hikers who have been getting on the fundraising train for us recently. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to John Aitken and his sponsors for this fundraising efforts! John cycled the famous Coast2Coast route and managed to raise over £140 for us! Thank you!

If you’d like to sponsor The BAY Foodbank with an event you can do so via our new BT MyDonate page which can be found by clicking here.

Upcoming Harvest donations
Later this year, local schools and churches will collect and donate food as part of their Harvest celebrations. Last year, supporters of the foodbank donated a massive amount of food which we estimated to total around 7000 items! Do you think you can beat the 2014 record? Why not organise a collection at your school or church and see! Any and all donations are sincerely appreciated and we can assure you that they are needed now more than ever

National Citizen Service volunteers!
In August, we were visited by the Mango Number Nine team – a group of young volunteers from North Tyneside who formed together as part of the National Citizen Service. They have come up with a campaign called ‘Life’s Necessities’ in which they have worked together to raise money and created nearly 50 care packages filled with toiletries and sanitary products for those in need of food parcels – including a kids version filled with colouring books and crayons! We’ve now started giving them out to those most at need and would like to thank the team for all their hard work and dedication in putting these together for us! For more information about the team and their next project, you check out their website by clicking here.

We’ve also signed up to ‘Easy Fundraising’ which enables us, as a charity, to receive a donation from a large variety of retails when you buy from them online. Check it out!
>> Easy Fundraising with The BAY Foodbank <<
Special Thanks
We’d like to thank a number of different charities, organisations and individuals, including; Angels of the North for their continued support and for allowing us to use their warehouse on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, North Tyneside Council for their good working relationship with us, and of course all of our vital supporters and volunteers who help keep The BAY Foodbank running!