Backpack Buddies is a new SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project launched in collaboration with The Bay Foodbank. The project provides bags of healthy and nutritious snacks to children to take home from school at the weekend when free school meals aren’t available.
There are a number of ways you can support this fantastic scheme:
Donating food items: Volunteers are currently collecting, packing and distributing donated items of food – you can help by buying items from our wishlist and donating them to The Bay Foodbank directly or at The Bay Foodbank donation sites across North Tyneside.
Hosting a donation bin: If your workplace or organisation would like a ‘donation bin’ to collect items, or if you would like us to collect your donations please get in touch.
Packing Party volunteers: We are also looking for volunteers to take part in weekly ‘packing parties’ at Meadow Well Connected (12.30pm to 2.30pm) to help pack and distribute food packages. This is a fun and friendly way to volunteer your time – see the poster above for full details or please get in touch for more information.
IMPORTANT INFO: For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept donations of sweets, nuts, hot dogs, “fruit” drinks made without fruit juice, fizzy pop, crisp, home prepared food including canned/jarred fruits, vegetables and preserves. See below for full details.