Children’s centres support foodbank

Childrens centre staff (left to right) Sarah Elsdon, James Sinclair, Sharon Cottingham and Kendal Sneddon with a selection of the food items they are donating to the Foodbank appeal
Childrens centre staff (left to right) Sarah Elsdon, James Sinclair, Sharon Cottingham and Kendal Sneddon with a selection of the food items they are donating to the Foodbank appeal
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CHILDREN’S centres across the town are showing their support for the Hartlepool foodbank appeal and can now be used as drop-off points for food donations.

Staff at the six children’s centres across Hartlepool are making it even easier for residents to support the appeal, which is backed by the Mail’s We Can Do It campaign.

Residents can now drop off their donations to Chatham Children’s Centre, in Chatham Road, Hindpool Children’s Centre, in Hindpool Close, Lynnfield Community Learning and Children’s Centre, in Elcho Street, Rift House Children’s Centre, in Masefield Road, Rossmere Children’s Centre, in Rossmere Way and Stranton Children’s Centre, in Southburn Terrace.

All of the food donated will then be handed over to Hartlepool Foodbank, which is based at 28 Church Street.

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “The new Foodbank is going to be a vital new facility for the town for residents who fall on hard times and we want to support it as much as we can.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to donate food and the Children’s Centres are ideal locations to access.

“We hope that residents get behind the scheme and look forward to receiving their food donations.”

Hindpool Children’s Centre and Rossmere Children’s Centre are open Monday-Friday from 8.30am-5.30pm while Lynnfield Community Learning and Children’s Centre and Stranton Children’s Centre open at the same time but close at 5pm.

Chatham Children’s Centre opens Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm and Rift House Children’s Centre is open Monday-Thursday from 8.30am-5pm and on a Friday from 8.30am-10.30am.

The drop-off points at the children’s centres offers an alternative to residents who can take their donations directly to the foodbank every Tuesday from 11am-1pm.

Food began to be distributed before Christmas after donations poured into the foodbank.

The We Can Do It campaign was launched after it was revealed that 28.6 per cent of Hartlepool children are living in poverty.