New food bank opens its doors in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: (L to R)  Elaine Thompson and Connie Spring, food bank volunteers, with Phil Wilson, Sedgefield MP, Bronwen Lee, volunteer, and the Reverand Michael Gobett (L to R) Elaine Thompson and Connie Spring, food bank volunteers, with Phil Wilson, Sedgefield MP, Bronwen Lee, volunteer, and the Reverand Michael Gobett

THE demand for food banks continues to grow in the region, with a new distribution centre opening in an affluent County Durham town.

This week, a food bank opened in Sedgefield, where according to property website Zoopla.co. uk, the typical house price is almost £40,000 above the county average of £134,000.

It takes the number of distribution centres run by County Durham Foodbank to 23.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson said it was a terrible that food parcels were needed but praised the work of the volunteers.

“Sedgefield may seem like an affluent place but there are still people struggling to get by,” he said. “Rents are higher and people have bills to pay. The more support we have across the area the better.”

Food bank volunteer Mick Hill added: “Sedgefield also has good transport links and we find some people prefer to go to food banks in different areas because they feel embarrassed.”

The food bank, at Sedgefield Methodist Church at North End, is open from noon to 2pm on Monday.

Sedgefield Area Churches Together will run the distribution point, in addition to existing food banks at St Alban’s Church in Trimdon Grange, from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday and Friday, and Trimdon Village Hall, from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

For a full list of distribution centres in County Durham visit durham.foodbank.org.uk/how-it-works

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7:50pm Mon 19 May 14

LeeHarris1989 says...

Looks like Sedgefield's much loved Labour Party screwed the village too along with the rest of the country when they sold us down the swanny to the EU and bankrupted the country.

If people don't wake up and realise that all they are doing is giving the same people power then nothing will ever change.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.I am saddenned to say that it looks increasingly likely that the majority of the voting population in Sedgefield has gone insane.

It is time for change and time that you acted for change by voting UKIP.
Looks like Sedgefield's much loved Labour Party screwed the village too along with the rest of the country when they sold us down the swanny to the EU and bankrupted the country. If people don't wake up and realise that all they are doing is giving the same people power then nothing will ever change. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.I am saddenned to say that it looks increasingly likely that the majority of the voting population in Sedgefield has gone insane. It is time for change and time that you acted for change by voting UKIP. LeeHarris1989
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