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Food banks prepare for busiest time of year as Christmas approaches

Food banks are preparing for their busiest time of year 

FOOD banks in Northern Ireland are gearing up to hand out a record number of emergency supplies this Christmas.

Figures show an upturn in the number of people making use of food banks, with charity The Trussell Trust showing 13,851 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis in the north between April and September this year.

Mark Ward, Interim Chief Executive said: “For many, this Christmas will not be a time for celebration. Every year we see a spike in demand at Christmas but this year food banks are expecting their busiest Christmas ever. At Christmas foodbanks will be working hard to provide not only those regular essentials, like pasta and cereal, but also little extras that offer hope at a time when people need it most. The stories are as inspiring as they are heart-breaking – one mum told us that she was relieved as her daughter’s first Christmas was taken care of with help from the food bank.

“Last December, the public’s generosity meant foodbanks could help thousands of people across the country. But when the festive season is over there will still be people in our communities unable to afford food. Foodbanks rely on donations, which is why we’re asking the public to show that same generosity again, not only this December but in the months that follow Christmas too.”

Locations of food banks in Northern Ireland

Trussell Trust Ballymena

Green Pastures, The Peoples Church, Fenaghy Road, Galgorm, Ballymena, BT42 1AQ

Email: info@ballymena.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Trussell Trust Ballymoney

Unit 10, 41 Ballymena Road, Ballymoney, BT53 7EX

Email: info@ballymoney.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Besom NI Northern Ireland Ballynahinch:

Email: office@ballynahinchbaptist.org


Trussell Trust Bangor

Balloo Crescent, Bangor, Co Down, BT19 7WP

Email: info@bangorNI.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Trussell Trust Carrickfergus

75 Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, BT38 8PS

Email: info@carrickfergus.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Trussell Trust Causeway

Causeway Coast Vineyard, 10 Hillmans Way, Ballycastle Road, Coleraine, Derry, BT25 2ED

Email: info@causeway.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Christian Network NI Northern Ireland Cookstown food bank, Molesworth Street 


SVDP NI Northern Ireland Cookstown, Food Bank 


Trussell Trust Craigavon

The Lightwell Centre, Drumgor Heights, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, BT65 5BW

The Beacon, Above Chimes Coffee, Church Street, Portadown, BT62 3LQ

The Hope Centre, 46 High Street, Lurgan, BT66 8AW

Email: info@craigavonfoodbank.com

How to help


St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry (Vehicle):


Trussell Trust Dundonald

971 Upper Newtownards Road,  Dundonald,  Belfast,  BT16 1RL

Email: info@dundonald.foodbank.org.uk,

How to help


Besom NI Northern Ireland East Belfast:

Tel: 07840 117 138

Email: eastbelfastbesom@googlemail.com


FareShare NI

Unit 117a Weavers Court Industrial Estate, Linfield Road Belfast. BT12 5GH

Tel: 028 90332230

Email: fsbelfast@fareshare.org.uk


Trussell Trust Larne

Craigyhill Methodist Church, Brustin Brae Road, Larne, BT40 2HS

First Larne Presbyterian Church, Inver Road, Larne, Co. Antrim

Email: info@larne.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Trussell Trust Lisburn

Old Tone 'n' Ten Building, LCC Community Trust, Graham Gardens, Lisburn, BT28 1XE

GAP Ministries, Eden House, 38 Main Street, Moira, BT67 0LE

Email: info@lisburn.foodbank.org.uk,

How to help


Trussell Trust Newry

Newry Christian Centre, 8 Upper Edward St, Newry, BT35 6AX

Email: info@newry.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Trussell Trust Newtownards

Thriving Life Church, Compassion Centre, 18c Crawfordsburn Road, Newtownards, BT23 4EA

Kircubbin satellite branch, Room 2, Maxwell Courtyard, Main Street, Kircubbin (beside Mauds ice cream)

Email: info@newtownards.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Trussell Trust NI Northern Ireland North Belfast food bank

Ekenhead Halls, 19 North Circular Road, Belfast, BT15 5HB

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 35 Agnes Street, Belfast, BT13 3GG

Email: info@northbelfast.foodbank.org.uk

How to help


Trussell Trust NI Northern Ireland Strabane

5B Church Street, Co. Tyrone, BT82 8BS

Email: strabanecommunityproject@btinternet.com

How to help


Storehouse/Vineyard NI Northern Ireland The StoreHouse


BT1 5DG, 17 Castle Arcade

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