Sunderland Elim Foodbank

Covid-19 Update

We wanted to express that we are still open and providing the service of the Foodbank in these days of social distancing and keeping safe and measures have been put in place to ensure this.

When arriving at Sunderland Elim Foodbank you will see a notice on the door asking you to knock. A volunteer will open the door and ask for your voucher or e-number, which will allow us to provide you with the food you need. You will then be asked to take one of the seats provided, which are 2 meters apart. The other volunteers will then make up the parcel and this will be brought to you at the door. 

We are still operating Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 - 12:30. If you are able to support we are still taking donations. If you require further information please contact us


Tuesday and Thursday 10:30am -12:30pm

Our mission is to help people in crisis and meet their need, particularly with regards to food poverty. We also assist in other areas such as homelessness, form filing, sign posting or simply tea and sympathy. We are a Christian based organization who is open to those of all faiths or none. We endeavor to operate in a caring, confidential and non-judgmental way.

Who we are

We are a ministry of the Elim Church in Sunderland and work in partnership with Sunderland Connect Network. All our workers are volunteers. The team is managed by the Elim Church Leadership. Volunteers are trained in matters of safety, people skills and confidentiality. Senior members of the team are DBS screened. We are passionate about our work and seek to be compassionate and accountable whilst looking to empower and encourage both those within the team and those referred to us. 

How we work

We partner with numerous organizations among whom are social services, health centers, schools, the probation service and job centers. These organizations refer those in need to us via a voucher system. We provide a minimum of 3 days emergency food and additional support as required.

How can you help?

We rely on food donations to enable us to continue serving our community. We would be most grateful if you could donate (in-date, non-perishable) any of the items listed opposite. Please bring any items on a Tuesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 12:30pm.

Food Items

  • Milk (UHT or Powdered)
  • Cereals
  • Sugar
  • Tinned Fish
  • Tinned Meat
  • Instant Coffee/Tea
  • Fruit Juice (not refrigerated)/Squash
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Pasta/Rice/Noodles/Instant Mash
  • Tinned Rice/Sponge Pudding
  • Beans/Spaghetti
  • Soup

If you require further information please contact us 0191 567 1367 or email