Food banks help individuals and families in crisis.
This could be because of sudden unemployment, delays in benefit payments, benefits sanctions and financial problems.
They give food parcels to people while they get help to sort out their crisis.
To receive a food parcel you may need to be referred to a food bank by a professional such as a housing officer, social worker, Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advisor, doctor or health advisor.
Local food banks
Hospitality and Hope
A food bank and support service for vulnerable and homeless people in South Tyneside. They offer food parcels on a referral system and offer help with supported housing and health and wellbeing services.
A food bank and crisis response team providing food parcels, clothing, baby equipment, household items and more.
Key2Life Food Bank
Key2Life work with South Tyneside Churches Together to provide emergency food and support to anyone in the borough experiencing hardship.
They are based at Boldon Lane Library with drop-off points around South Shields.
Bede's Helping Hands
A volunteer run organisation serving South Tyneside.
They are based in the former Primrose Library in the Scotch Estate, Jarrow.
0191 816 3021
Boldon Community Association
The community association, based in New Road in Boldon Colliery, offers a food bank for the local community.
Working across the North East, Family Gateway supports families who are living in poverty or disadvantage and are struggling to bring up their children on very little money.