Allotment holders dig in to help foodbank

Richard Johnson and Jackie Dickinson, of the BAY Foodbank, with North Tyneside Council's Dave Gordon (right).
Richard Johnson and Jackie Dickinson, of the BAY Foodbank, with North Tyneside Council's Dave Gordon (right).
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Allotment holders have shown their support to a healthy eating project by donating produce to those in need.

‘Grow & Eat North Tyneside’ aims to provide communities with greater opportunities to access fresh fruit and vegetables.

The charity does a brilliant job and I am pleased with the support this project has been able to offer them

Coun John Stirling

Its latest scheme has seen 20 collection points set up in allotments where gardeners can donate their produce to the Bay Foodbank.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “Fresh produce isn’t something the Bay Foodbank typically receives, usually having to buy it themselves, so it’s wonderful we are able to help.

“The charity does a brilliant job and I am pleased with the support this project has been able to offer them.”

The donated produce is collected from the allotments and taken to the foodbank, where it is sorted and washed. It is then divided amongst the food parcel referrals for that day.

Any fresh produce left over is donated to homeless charities in Newcastle, as well as other borough organisations.

Grow & Eat North Tyneside also helps residents to cultivate their own fruit and vegetables in a range of ways.

People taking part in the project are offered seeds, basic tools and easy-to-cook recipes using what they have grown, as well as advice about how to nurture the produce.

Those taking part are encouraged to think of spaces and containers they may already have at home to grow their own produce in.

For more information, call (0191) 643 7444 or email Growandeat@northtyneside.gov.uk