There are several food banks available to residents in North Yorkshire County. Each centre has different hours and availability of items, but as resources allow they will try to help the low income and vulnerable. There are also eligibility conditions that need to be met in order to get free food, and this is why each applicant will need to have a voucher.
The main locations in the region are below. New locations are also becoming available as the demand for free or affordable food and groceries continues to increase. People in cities such as Harrogate or Middlesbrough can also look into the assistance provided by soup kitchens, as those locations may have free hot meals and volunteers can often signpost clients to other programmes.
If someone is found to be eligible, the foodbanks will usually offer a parcel that contains up to three days worth of food. There may be fruits, veggie, milk, and non-perishable goods, but the content will vary based on donations and what the volunteers packaged into a box. When requesting help from a location, more details can be provided then.
Central Methodist Church as well as Carecent can help the vulnerable in the region, including the city of York. The charity provides everything from free food to clothing from their drop in centre. The aim of the organisation is to ensure that families on a low income as well as the homeless have a meal or other basic needs. More on Carecent assistance programmes.
Influence Church can provide practical support, and this may include food or clothing. The main centre is at Victoria Rd, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4AS, and can be called at 1748 823161. There are also many activities held for the low income and vulnerable.
The Salvation Army of North Yorkshire provides support services, ranging from Christmas meals to a bag of groceries, from two locations in the county. They are at 82 Trimdon Ave, Middlesbrough, (phone (642 825521) as well as 25 Ashburn Way, Wetherby, and this location can be called at 1937 588794.
The locations are a last resort for people in a crisis, and individuals that need food, clothing, or other forms of help need to have contacted other charities or even council schemes in North Yorkshire first, before calling on the Salvation Army.
Trussell Trust has two main distribution centres in the region as well as several churches that distribute food to clients. The main locations are Mowbray Community Church, Westmoreland Street, Harrogate, HG1 5AT, and the phone number is 01423 553812. On Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, individuals with a voucher can receive a free food parcel. The contents will last for up to 3 days, and may have rice, canned fruits, tinned meats, and more. Holy Trinity Church is another place to try.
The other main Trussell Trust network site is Middlesbrough Community Church at St Aiden’s Centre Clifton. Families on a low income, that have a voucher from an approved authority, can receive assistance from the not-for-profit centre. This location can be called at 07954 131 337, and key partners are St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe (open Tuesday from 1.00pm – 3.00pm) as well as Berwick Hills Baptist Church, and this charity is open from Friday from 1.00pm – 3.00pm.
Middlesbrough residents can call upon the council for referrals from the crisis support scheme. This is for individuals or families that are vulnerable or a low income. Government assistance can help provide food and other support, and read more Middlesbrough emergency scheme.
North Yorkshire County Council may offer assistance from the Local Assistance Fund, which is the welfare scheme. At the discretion of the authorities, they may provide either a voucher to a local food bank, or the council can offer other one-off support. Find how to get help from North Yorkshire assistance fund.
Saint Mary’s Ranbow Centre can provide meals and food to the homeless from a soup kitchen. Other support will be shelter, free advice, and even help in completing forms for benefits or government aid. The low income as well as senior citizens are the main clients of the charity.
Some of the programmes, such as the Lunch Club and a Cafe, provide free hot meals to North Yorkshire residents, or people can get a parcel of food and groceries. There is also practical support given, such as clothing. The address of the food bank and clothing store is Parish House, Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1TH. Ring the centre 01723 500663, or more information on Rainbow Centre support.
Stockton-on-Tees residents that are in the part of the city that is in North Yorkshire County can apply for food assistance from Back on Track. This welfare scheme offers many services, but one of them will be an award for either a free parcel of groceries or signposting to a local food bank. Other assistance is also available from the Back on Track welfare scheme for families on a low income.