PEOPLE are being urged to donate generously to a foodbank aimed at helping families living in poverty.
Shoppers at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool, are being urged donate goods for the Hartlepool Foodbank throughout this week.
Charity bosses have already gathered more thean two tonnes of food and aim to have three tonnes collected ahead of the launch of the foodbank next month.
Representatives will be in the central square at the shopping centre from today to Saturday collecting all kinds of non-perishable food to feed local people in crisis.
It comes after the Mail launched the We Can Do It campaign to boost the appeal and get people across the town involved.
Collections are one of the main ways that the foodbank is stocked and with the launch of foodbank approaching fast, bosses are asking people to give generously.
Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator, said: “The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table, so we really need local citizens to give what they can to help.
“It’s not just people on low incomes who are feeling the pinch at the moment, increased redundancy and fewer jobs are having a real impact on local people.”
Every donation helps the foodbank edge closer to its three-tonne target of non-perishable food items, which is what is needed before the foodbank opens its doors next month.
Once open, the food will be donated the families most in need in Hartlepool through a referral system.
The We Can Do It campaign was launched as it was revealed that 28.6 per cent of Hartlepool children are living in poverty.
The Hartlepool Foodbank, which is run by Churches Together and charity the Trussell Trust, is based at 28 Church Street.
The Trussell Trust’s foodbank aims to help people through short-term crisis by providing emergency food parcels.
Volunteers will be collecting inside Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in the central area from 10am to 4pm.
The foodbank is open to receive donations on a Tuesday, from 11am-1pm.