South Tyneside Food Bank

South Tyneside Food Bank South Tyneside Food Bank

South Tyneside Food Bank

In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, The South Tyneside Food Bank is currently open Monday to Friday, to provide emergency help for people in the area facing food poverty.


Collections can be made between 10am and 11am for pre-ordered food parcels. We are able to offer a delivery service for people who qualify for a food parcel and currently isolating, but delivery slots are limited.


If you are in need of a food parcel, one can be arranged via DWP, housing charities, social workers, children's centres, schools, health workers and other keyworkers in South Tyneside.


If you do not have a keyworker, you can self refer here, by completing this form:- Self-Referral Form


How do I get a parcel from the Food Bank?

Our Food Bank works on a referral system where our vouchers can be issued by DWP, housing charities, social workers, children's centres, schools, health workers and other professional organisations within South Tyneside, who identify people in crisis.


This order is then sent to us by email or phoned through to the food bank number where details are given for pick up at an agreed time either by the client or their representative. Referrals can be made to the Food Bank by emailing

What will be in the parcel from the Food Bank?

The food parcel contains a three day supply of meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Each parcel will contain enough food for those specified on the voucher from a single person to a family. These parcels include extra items over and above the basics, such as jam, biscuits etc as donations allow.


What happens if I have a food allergy?

This should be highlighted on the voucher which will be filled in by one of our referral partners. Please make sure that you highlight this to them or any other food preference eg. vegetarian.

How do we get food from the Food Bank?

Food comes from various sources, non-perishable, in-date food is donated from churches, schools, individuals and local businesses.  Supermarket collections are another major source of our donations where shoppers are asked to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.


How is food stored in the Food Bank?

Volunteers sort food, date it and shelve it, in date and product order so that it is ready to be made into food parcels for people in need.  Parcels are made to a specific order ensuring that nutritional meals can be made from various ingredients.

Can I get toiletries from the Food Bank?

Toiletries such as toothpastes, deodorants, shower gels and sanitary products are also available and can be requested on the Food Bank Voucher. 


Can I have pet food in my food parcel from the Food Bank?

We have a limited amount of dog and cat food availble within our stores. Please add this to your referral and we will do our best to help.




How can I support the Food Bank?

We are grateful for any support you, your organisation or church can give us. If would like to donate food or toiletries or you are interested in volunteering then please see our How can you help page.