This year has brought huge challenges to many communities across the North East, and Life Vineyard Church in Byker saw an increased need for emergency food. Financial insecurities led to local people needing free or low cost food, and isolation meant reduced access to food for many people.
Through the generosity of local people, organisations and other churches, Life Vineyard were able to launch a new food bank in March, which was vital to support local communities at risk of food insecurities. Since opening they have been able to support over 7000 people in Walker & Byker by distributing over 75 tonnes of food.
Life Vineyard recently secured additional funding, in partnership with City Church and Heaton Baptist Church to help them provide same day emergency food deliveries to local people who are isolating or in financial need.
In addition, Life Vineyard have been running a food cooperative ‘The Byker Pantry’ for over 4 years, which aims to provide food at half the supermarket price. The pantry operates using a membership and points scheme, which ensures the local community have a long-term solution for managing their food costs, and helps them take control of what they’re buying. This project supports around 300 people every month. Volunteers Ann & Mike who run The Pantry have a longstanding relationship with the local community who rely on this project.
How can I benefit from Life Vineyard’s food services?
To refer a household to receive support from their food bank, or emergency home delivery service please use Newcastle City Council’s Citylife Line Online Referral Form
To make use of The Byker Food Pantry, (referrals are not required) anyone living or working within Byker can use The Pantry, which is open on Tuesdays 9-11am and 1-4pm, and on Thursdays 2-6pm. Just pop along to find out more
How can I support Life Vineyard?
To get involved with Life Vineyard’s volunteering opportunities or donate money to support their services visit www.lifevineyard.church
This post was written by Food Newcastle