Newtownabbey Foodbank continues to expand with opening of new satellite centre in Whitewell

Margaret McKeown, Rev Pauline Whan and Brian McCluskey at the opening of the Greencastle Satellite of Newtownabbey Foodbank. INNT 48-503CON
Margaret McKeown, Rev Pauline Whan and Brian McCluskey at the opening of the Greencastle Satellite of Newtownabbey Foodbank. INNT 48-503CON
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Newtownabbey Foodbank has opened its third satellite distribution centre.

The new centre, at Greencastle Methodist Church on the Whitewell Road, was officially opened on Tuesday, November 17.

The new food distribution centre is a joint venture between Greencastle Methodist as the lead church, along with St Mary’s, Greencastle and Whitehouse Presbyterian.

Newtownabbey Foodbank - a partnership of local churches led by Carnmoney Presbyterian - opened earlier this year in conjunction with The Trussell Trust.

“Since Newtownabbey Foodbank opened in April this year we have opened two satellites in Abbots Cross Presbyterian Church and Ballyclare Presbyterian Church,” explained Carolyn Arnold, Chair of the Newtownabbey Foodbank Management Committee.

“With the addition of the Greencastle Methodist Distribution Centre we are now in partnership with 30 churches in the Newtownabbey area.

“The reason for opening the satellites is to make it easier for people to access the support they need in their local area rather than having to travel to the main distribution centre in Carnmoney,” she added.

The Greencastle Distribution Centre will be open on Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 8.00pm.

“Food is normally only issued on receipt of a voucher which can be obtained from Social Services, Health Visitors, schools, churches and Citizens Advice Bureau. Some doctors also hold vouchers. However, if someone arrives at the Foodbank without a voucher they will be given food but will be advised where to get a voucher in future. Depending on the size of the family people are given sufficient food to last three days,” Carolyn added.

For more information about Newtownabbey Foodbank log on to newtownabbey.foodbank.org.uk