We're one of the largest food banks in the north of England.
The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions since 2010.
Many factors are contributing to the rise of food poverty, including national welfare reforms, job loss from the Covid pandemic, the rise of zero-hours contracts, and the increases in the cost of living. The Welcome Centre provides food, toiletries and other essentials alongside a one-to-one advice, guidance and support service tailored to people's needs.
Millions of families may be just one paycheque away from needing a food bank.
The people we help all have one thing in common; they’re in crisis. We know that anyone can find themselves in a financial crisis and we're here to help. Individuals and families face challenges such as job loss, debt and eviction, benefits issues, homelessness, domestic violence, substance misuse, and physical and mental health problems. Real people find themselves in need of our support. You can read about some of the people we've helped under our client stories.