Volunteer opportunities


The food bank in Wahsington is currently looking to recruit volunteers for two posts:

1.  Early evening food distribution

2.  Food hygiene certificated volunteer – to help develop our services and guide us


In both cases please call Andrew or Carol on o745o 766 226  or washingtoncfp @ gmail.com  (without the spaces)

Food drop-off points

Oxclose church  – Oxclose village centre, Brancepeth Road, NE38 0LA
(Tuesdays & Fridays: 09:30 – 11:00am and then 5:00 – 6:30pm)

SAINSBURY’S or ASDA at The Galleries 

SAINSBURY’S at Teal Farm

Town Centre Library  – Independence Square, The Galleries, NE38 7RZ

St Michael’s church – Sulgrave, Manor Road, NE37 3BD  –  near the flats
(Mondays 10.00AM – Midday, Wednesdays 11.00AM – Midday)

Food can in hand isolated on white background


The Lighthouse church – Concord, Manor Road, NE37 2DT – opposite New World Nursery and near Elite Sandwich Deli
(Thursdays: 10:30am – 12:00am during school terms)

Holy Trinity, Washington Village, NE38 7LE and most other churches in Washington collect for us too.

Thank you so much for all your donations. :)






Food requirements


If you’re considering donating, these are the things that we are very short of right now:

  • Tinned potatoes and carrots
  • Toilet rolls
  • Tinned fruit
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cereal

Right now we do NOT need tomatoes.


The more complete list of the sort of things that we put into our food parcels is:

Tins of:

  • Vegetables: peas, green beans, carrots, potatoes, sweetcorn, tomatoes, kidney beans
  • Minced beef, corned beef, tinned ham
  • Curry, chilli, stew, hot dogs
  • Pasta bolognaise, spaghetti
  • Fish
  • Fruit
  • Rice pudding, sponge pudding
  • Custard
  • Instant coffee
  • Tea bags
  • Sugar
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Rice, pasta, instant mashed potato
  • Pasta sauce
  • Long life milk (UHT)
  • Biscuits
  • Juice (not the sort that needs to be refrigerated please)
  • Baked beans
  • Soup.





If you need food

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To get a food parcel you should ask a referral agency to fill out a referral form.  You can then take the form to one of our sites at the times they are open.

Here is a list of referral agencies:

Holy Trinity church, Washington village (next to Washington Old Hall)
Social workers
Christians Against Poverty (C.A.P.)
The Cyrenians
Age Concern
GP Surgery
Health Visitor
The Minster in Sunderland
Youth Services – for those under 18
Probation Services
The Police
Any mental health nurse or doctor (CPN)
Community Matrons
Community Nurse

Where is the Lighthouse church, Concord?

The Lighthouse church is a venue to donate and give food to those who have a referral form.  It is on Thursday mornings 10.30-12.00 (school term time only). You can have a free drink and cake while there.

The Lighthouse is situated between the (now closed) cycle shop and the deli, opposite the New World Nursery.

It is just around the corner from the row of shops, at the opposite end from the bus station and health centre.

Satnav:  NE37 2DT

Here is a link to a map showing where it is.

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Funding the project

While food donations are very welcome, we also take donations towards running costs. Please get in touch if you would like to help, or use the online donation box below.

We are very grateful to have been granted Lottery funding for our startup costs in 2012.