Changes to the benefits system, high rents and low wages for many who are in work mean that an increasing number of people are finding themselves unable to afford enough food or to provide for their families. Yes, even in the Tyne valley. Recipients of food parcels are all recommended by various government and professional agencies who issue a token in order to prevent misuse of the system.
Food banks have been springing up all over the country and many of these involve local churches. In Matthew 25, Jesus teaches about the Kingdom and says to those people who cared about others whilst on earth:
"You have my Father's blessing, come take possession of the Kindgom. For when I was hungry you gave me food, when I was thristy you gave me drink."
The West Northumberland Food Bank in Hexham is collecting non-perishable food (rice/pasta, tinned meat and fish, cereals, tinned potatoes, UHT/powdered milk, biscuits, sauces, soup, tinned fruit and veg, tea bags, instant coffee, cartons of fruit juice) and items can be left in a box in the porch at St Peter's church.
Please see Elaine Woods for further information.