Food for thought: food bank provision in Newcastle

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Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service
Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service
Date of publication
1 November 2012
Community Development and Regeneration, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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Nationally food banks are a fast rising phenomenon. They are an indicator too of the difficulties families and individuals are facing as a consequence of the recession and falling incomes. 

This report seeks to map the development and provision of food banks in Newcastle. It has found food banks to be clustered in the east and west of the city centre. They tend not to be positioned in residential areas or near the outskirts of Newcastle. This is partly because many are based at churches. There has been an increase in the number of families seeking help from food banks in Newcastle. This is clear from the presence of new and recently opened food banks across the city and the demand for their services.

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