Lifeline for food parcel project facing ‘worrying’ drop in donations

Donation of food to the East Durham Trust foodbank by Caterpillar Pease Road, Peterlee on Friday. Pictured l-r are George Fenwick, Malcolm Fallow Chief Exec. East Durham Trust, Kenneth Lincoln volunteer, Gary Battle Caterpilar Logistics Centre manager, Christine Moore, Laura Bains and Laurence Davey.
Donation of food to the East Durham Trust foodbank by Caterpillar Pease Road, Peterlee on Friday. Pictured l-r are George Fenwick, Malcolm Fallow Chief Exec. East Durham Trust, Kenneth Lincoln volunteer, Gary Battle Caterpilar Logistics Centre manager, Christine Moore, Laura Bains and Laurence Davey.

An emergency food parcel service that has seen a worrying drop in donations has been given a vital lifeline from a local business.

East Durham Trust’s FEED project supports around 150 people every month by giving emergency food parcels to those who find themselves in financial crisis.

Gary Battle

But over recent months the trust has found that while demand for the service has steadily increased, donations have reduced.

They say their ability to continue to meet demand is under a real threat and they need people and businesses to donate food for families struggling on the breadline

But Caterpillar ‘GSND’ Logistics in Peterlee along with their Randstad associates have stepped in just at the right time, with their staff having rallied to collect a generous donation of tins and non-perishable food items.

East Durham Trust’s chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “This is a classic example of the ‘haves’ helping the ‘have-nots’ in a time of austerity.

“The workforce of Caterpillar ‘GSND’ Logistics and their Randstad associates are to be applauded for this act of selflessness.”

Gary Battle, logistics centre manager at Caterpillar ‘GSND’ Logistics, said: “I am extremely proud of the team donating so generously in a short space of time – it’s always pleasing and very satisfying being able to give something back to the local community and especially for a worthwhile cause such as this one.”

The East Durham Trust is a registered charity with an expressed purpose to promote the regeneration of rural and urban areas of the effects of social and economic decline.