Businesses across East Durham are being asked to support a local emergency food parcel project by donating non-perishable food items to support individuals and families in the run up to Christmas.

East Durham Trust, which manages the Food Emergency East Durham (FEED) project, are asking companies to host ‘a FEED collection point’ as part of their plans to ensure no-one goes hungry this festive period.

The food will be collected by one of the project volunteers and made into food parcels to be distributed to disadvantaged people who are in financial crisis across the local area.

Malcolm Fallow, Chief Executive at East Durham Trust, said: “Week on week we see the need for emergency food parcels grow. Imminent changes to the Welfare system will have an impact on the income of local people . Sadly, some families across East Durham, won’t be able to afford Christmas, let alone the food that goes on the table.  Horrifyingly this scenario is very real for a number of families in East Durham.

“If any of you are willing to host a ‘FEED collection point, or are interested in learning more about how to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.”

Donations such as tinned foods, biscuits, tea and coffee and baby food, as well as household products such as washing tablets and shampoo and conditioner, would be welcome.

Steve Metcalfe from NSK is Chairman of the Peterlee Business Park steering group, which is supporting the FEED programme.

He said: “As a thriving business community, we are in a great position to be able to ‘help our own’ and do our bit to support families who may struggle to put food on the table in the run up to Christmas.

“We know with confidence that the donations made will be given to the most vulnerable families in East Durham, through the fantastic work being undertaken by East Durham Trust, so I’d urge any businesses who are in a position to support East Durham Trust to come forward.”