Food drop-off points

Oxclose church  – Oxclose village centre, Brancepeth Road, NE38 0LA
(Tuesdays: 5:30 – 6:30pm   &   Fridays: 10:00 – 11:00am and 5:30 – 6:30pm)

WILKO, SAINSBURY’S or ASDA at The Galleries – we now have a trolley at the front near the Customer Service Desk in each store

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)

Blue House Pharmacy –  in Nisa, Blue House Lane, Concord, NE37 2TE

The Co-op garage shop, Albany/Parsons, NE37 1EZ

Washington air rifle range, Armstrong, NE38 7PA

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.

Trish & Trina’s Dance Studio, Arts Centre, Fatfield, NE38 8AB

The Sandpiper, Biddick village centre, NE38 7NN

Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Ayton, NE37 1LE

Thank you so much for all your donations. :)

If you need food

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)
St Michael & All Angels church, Sulgrave
Social workers
Washington Mind
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

Food requirements

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

  • Tinned carrots
  • Toilet rolls
  • Tinned fruit
  • Pasta sauce
  • Custard
  • Cereal
  • Fray Bentos pies.

All of the above can be donated at our collection points across Washington which are:

Blue house lane pharmacy
Champs, Ayton
Co-op Garage, Albany
The Sandpiper, Biddick
Tina & Trish dance studio 
Washington air rifle range, Armstrong
Washington library
All Washington churches


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

The donation trolley in Asda

Thank you for all your generous donations into our trolley at Asda Washington.  As from 20th February the trolley will be available on a monthly basis.  We will update this post and our Facebook page to advise of the dates as and when we know them.

Meanwhile please do make your donations at the following places:

* Wilko       * Galleries Library      * Washington Mind, Columbia

* Sainsbury’s (near the passport picture machine at the far end)

* Oxclose church (our office) Tuesdays & Fridays 9.30-11am & 5-6.30pm

* The Lighthouse church, Concord (Thursday 10.30-mid day)

* Co-op garage shop, Albany/Parsons


Thank you for your support.  The food bank trustees.

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.