Clothe and Feed started out in life being inspired by an empty food collection point in a major supermarket in Newcastle. Surely there was a better, cleverer way to improve levels of donated food relevant for Foodbank use.
There was. Perhaps the supermarket could present shoppers with baskets of food ingredients for meals upon arrival at the entrance to the store which could be purchased for say £5.
Well hats off to Morrisons Cowgate , whose manager saw the merit in such an idea and trialled the pilot for a week. To everyone’s surprise the pilot was an amazing success in selling £1,200 of baskets resulting in a bumper delivery to the local Foodbank.
Charged with the success , a visit was arranged to the local Foodbank which coincided with the day Shelter Newcastle were holding their Foodbank client helpdesk and it was that meeting which revealed the urgent need to support young mums and vulnerable children in other complimentary ways such as baby equipment, clothes, toiletries, school uniforms and refurbished white goods.
Clothe and Feed now had a mission. It was to relieve clothing and food poverty for vulnerable people and dependents in local communities .
Since March 2018, Clothe and Feed has facilitated the distribution of thousands of free items of baby equipment, clothing and toiletries . It has also facilitated the creation of a free pre worn school clothing hub and gives away hundreds of items a week to struggling mums.
The food basket concept has now being taken up by local stores in the convenience arena and several matched funded schemes now exist in the supermarket sector where the baskets just take up too much valuable retail space.
The coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on all of our lives, but particularly for young and old vulnerable people around the country, as well as the homeless and survivors of domestic violence.
In addition, those with underlying health conditions and the over 70s are being asked to stay at home for 12 weeks, which we know will worsen the UK’s loneliness epidemic.
Our children’s programme support families living in severe financial, health and social difficulties, and provides items that meet children’s most basic needs. Items covered include baby eqipment ,beds, kitchen appliances, clothing and any other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing.
We are also dedicated to relieving clothing , food and essential item poverty to homeless people with essential toiletries, food parcels, emergency sanitary products and shopping for disabled and people suffering domestic abuse.
Clothe and Feed run the North East’s largest baby bank. Whilst the foodbanks deservedly are in the headlines, there is another massive need in local communities to help struggling mums and vulnerable children with baby equipment, clothing and toiletries. The cost of items is prohibitively expensive for many young mums and often children go without the necessities many of us take for granted. The Baby Bank service is free to those accessing it. It makes a huge difference.
We see mums so overwhelmed by the generosity of donors, and see what difference the service makes. Want to join us in making a difference? We’re raising money for CLOTHE AND FEED, and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.
OUR SHOP AND DONATION SITES
CLOTHE & FEED SITES
73-75 High Street West, Wallsend, NE28 8HX
96-98 King St, South Shields, NE33 1JE
59 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1SE
UNIFORM FOR ALL SITES
Contract House, Renwick Road, Blyth, NE24 2NX
OUR CLOTHING DONATION BANKS
St Columbas R C Primary School
Wallsend, NE28 8EN
Western Community Primary
Wallsend, NE28 8QL
Central Walker Church of England Primary
Walker, NE6 2NP
Horsley Hill Community Campus
South Shields, NE34 7TD
Shiremoor Primary School
Shiremoor, NE27 OPW
St Cuthbert’s Primary School
North Shields, NE29 0BU
West Jesmond Primary School
Newcastle, NE2 3AJ
Benton Park Primary School
Newcastle, NE7 7SS
Amberley Primary School
Killingworth, NE12 6SQ
Killingworth, NE12 6TS
Newsham Primary School
Blyth, NE24 4NX
St Bede’s R C Primary School
Bedlington, NE22 6EQ
Backworth Park Primary School
Backworth, NE27 0FZ
Hotspur Primary School
Heaton, NE6 5PA
St Wilfrids RC primary
Blyth, NE24 2LE
Malvins Close Academy
Blyth, NE24 5BL
Blyth, NE24 2HP
Cochrane Park News
Heaton, NE7 7LH
Oxford Centre, West Farm,
Longbenton Shopping Centre
Longbenton, NE12 8LT
Byker, NE6 1EJ
East Harrington Primary Academy
Sunderland, SR3 3PR
Sir Charles Parsons School
Walker, NE6 4ED
Is everything free?
Yes in a word. Some of the items we’d like to be returned in due course due to their rarity (twin buggies and the like) or simply because they would be useful for a fixed period we loan out.
How do I donate?
You can donate directly to the hub at Cobalt, Silverlink, Wallsend where we have ample free parking. Plus as an alternative, we are in the process of setting up donation stations in local communities.
What can I donate?
In a word, if you think what you have would be useful to a struggling mum, then we will take it. Free. We accept baby/kids clothing, equipment, toiletries, toys as well as school uniforms.
We’d like them washed and not stained from a hygiene standard and so sorting is made easier.
How can I get involved?
Easy. Get in touch. We have many volunteering opportunities and will be seeking out helpers and firms to arrange donation stations.
Uniform For All
Contract House, Renwick Road, Blyth, NE24 2NX