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Longstaffs bakery

BAKERY SHOWS ITS SUPPORT Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Longstaff’s Family Bakers and Coffee Shop is firing up its ovens once again, to help feed the local community during the Coronavirus crisis.

The family-run firm, which has been serving Bishop Auckland for more than 25 years, closed its Newgate Street site last month, in line with Government guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

Now, Longstaff's is resuming production and baking fresh bread to be distributed within emergency food parcels, as part of The Auckland Project: Closed Doors, Open Hearts initiative.

The initiative, which launched in early April, has already produced around 10,000 frozen meals and emergency food parcels for residents across Bishop Auckland, Shildon and Coundon, with a number of local suppliers donating equipment or, like Longstaff’s, providing ingredients at cost.

Any other local suppliers, wishing to show their support can contact Culinary Director, Ant Brown on ant.brown@aucklandproject.org.  There is a particular need for store cupboard staples to include in the emergency food parcels such as dried pasta and tinned goods, as well general ingredients for the frozen meals including meat, dairy products and fresh vegetables.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to help purchase ingredients, can also do so here

For more information about the support available to help vulnerable people in County Durham during the Coronavirus pandemic click here or call 03000 260260.  Lines are open 9.00am until 5.00pm weekdays and 10.00am until to 3.00pm on weekends.

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