Cathedral Church of St Mary

Newcastle upon Tyne





St Mary’s Cathedral regularly helps the West End foodbank and this week has responded with a bumper amount of food to the urgent appeal for more items to help families in need during the holiday time.



Jenna from the West End foodbank and volunteer John came to collect the items from the Cathedral this week and she said: “Thank you to all at St Mary’s Cathedral for your generosity. We are absolutely delighted with this amount of food. During the school holidays children are in special need as they are not getting breakfast or lunch at school anymore.”

Robert, one of our valued Cathedral volunteers, co-ordinates the Cathedral foodbank collection, makes sure the bags for donations are always available in the Cathedral, and gets all the donations together for transport to the foodbank warehouse. Robert said, “The white food bags for donations are always kept near the side door in the Cathedral. We are really pleased to have people give so much food.”
Robert helped Jenna and John to take out the food donations and load the van. The food was then taken to the foodbank warehouse in Newburn where it will be weighed and sorted and made up into parcels which are taken to the centres in the West End for people to collect.
Jenna says: “We feed between 800-900 people each week and about half of these are children. Our busiest time is during the school holidays.”


The West End Foodbank was set up in 2013 and Jenna said it has increased in size and scope since then, as more and more families are hit by austerity, and left hungry.
Robert has been helping coordinate foodbank collections at the Cathedral since the start and is keen for people to keep donating items. He says: ”Please place items in the white bags at the side of the Cathedral , and we will store them in the Cathedral house ready for the next foodbank collection.”
Jenna says that in particular at the moment the foodbank is in special need of
Tinned fish
Tinned vegetables and fruit
Rice pudding
Pasta sauce
Tinned tomatoes