The BAY Foodbank boosted by donation from Santander Foundation

The BAY Foodbank has received £5000 to fund ever increasing running costs at their charity which provides emergency food parcels for vulnerable individuals and families in North Tyneside.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The grant will be used to fund a number of aspects of the charity, including; general overheads, fuel costs for the delivery van, and part-time administration support to help run the charity as efficiently as possible. The BAY Foodbank supplies emergency food parcels to vulnerable individuals and families across North Tyneside and is currently providing over 1000 meals per week to those in need. In December alone, they helped over 560 clients, including 120 children, who were struggling to feed themselves, as a result of the increased costs during the festive period.

Rev. Alan Dickinson, Chairman at The BAY Foodbank, said: “We’d like to express our sincere thanks for this very generous donation and for all the support Santander have given us during the past few months. It will help make a big difference to the work we do here at The BAY Foodbank”

This news comes in the wake of the Whitley Bay Town Cup being awarded to The Bay Foodbank in recognition of their services to the area.

Michael Johnston at Santander’s North Shields branch said:The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting The BAY Foodbank and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

Photo– (From left to right) Richard Johnson, Lisa Markwick, Zoe Radford, Rev. Alan Dickinson, Michael Johnston, Ruth Stradling and Ian G.T Miller OBE