Big Lottery Fund boosts Shildon church-led food bank

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The long-term jobless in a County Durham town are to benefit from almost £200,000 of lottery funding awarded to a church-led group.

The Big Lottery Fund cash has been given to Shildon Alive to grow its own food for a food bank.

The project is run by St John's Church in Shildon which will take on a community project worker to help people learn gardening and run the bank.

Members will also open as small, shop-based office.

The Rev David Tomlinson said: "Shildon Alive is about breathing life into a struggling community in a number of related ways.

"Our current community garden project is morphing into two gardens, one at either end of town.

"The things being undertaken there are in direct response to community concerns about intergenerational breakdown, the loss of traditional skills, the high level of long-term sickness and poor health in the area, and the number of people in food poverty."

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