Student Foodbank is a scheme that provides short-term support to students facing financial difficulties by providing them with a basic food parcel to last three days.

We believe no student should go hungry, which is why any Northumbria student can use our service. If you have any queries about using the foodbank, donating items, or volunteering for the service, please email note that this service will be launching on Monday 29th April 2019.

How to use student Foodbank

To use the service for the first time, simply go to the Welcome Desk in the Students’ Union building between 9am-7pm (term time only) and show us your student ID – no questions asked. You will be given a food parcel tailored to your dietary needs that will provide you with three days-worth of food.


Do I need proof of my financial status to use the Foodbank?

No – the first time you use the service, there will be no questions asked. Just show us your student ID.


Can I use the service more than once?

If you need to use the Foodbank multiple times, a registration process and short interview is required to ensure you are getting the right support. Once registered, you can access the service up to three times per term. Emergency circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Is the service confidential?

We appreciate that some students may not want others knowing that they use the Foodbank. That is why none of the data we collect is shared with anyone outside of the service without your permission.


The food bank should not be used as a long-term income source and students should seek support from other services within the university or externally if needed.


How to donate to NSU Foodbank

You can donate all year round at donation points across campus. You can also find dedicated donation points at the main entrances of Northumbria Students’ Union and Coach Lane Campus.

Please donate foods that are non-perishable, unopened, not damaged, and in date. This could include:

  • Canned foods (meat, fish, veg, fruit, soup etc.)
  • Sauces (Curry, pasta, stir fry etc.)
  • Nuts/pulses/lentils etc.
  • Dry pasta/rice/noodles/couscous etc.
  • Nut butters and high protein spreads
  • Long-life milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Long-life fruit juice
  • Cereals
  • Biscuits/Crackers
  • Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oils

Non-food items are also needed, such as personal hygiene products (toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, sanitary products etc.) and products for babies, toddlers and children (nappies, wet wipes, baby milk powder etc.)


Need further support?

Below are further sources of support that are available to you:

  • NSU Nightline – A confidential listening service ran 8pm-7am term time, run by students for students.

Call 0191 227 3737 or message via our IM service

  • Hardship funding

Available via the student portal, a drop-in in Student Central or email

  • University Counselling and Mental Health Team

Available via the student portal