Pupils at Sacred Heart help to feed 40 struggling families in Hartlepool

Children from Sacred Heart Primary School have been donating food for the Hartlepool Food Bank. Pictured with Jonathan Wales from the food bank are, from left: Brodie Lee, Harvey Wood, Joe McNally, Joshua Thompson and Freddie Meggison (CORR).
Children from Sacred Heart Primary School have been donating food for the Hartlepool Food Bank. Pictured with Jonathan Wales from the food bank are, from left: Brodie Lee, Harvey Wood, Joe McNally, Joshua Thompson and Freddie Meggison (CORR).

KIND-HEARTED primary school pupils helped to feed 40 poverty-hit families for at least three days thanks to their donations to Hartlepool Foodbank.

The youngsters at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in the town, were visited by a representative of the foodbank who spoke in an assembly and told of the project to help hard-up families in the town.

And the children and their parents responded in style, bringing into school a massive 363kg of non-perishable food items which have now all been handed over to boost the foodbank appeal.

Joanne Shanks, community links coordinator at the school, in Hart Lane, said: “We welcomed a representative from the foodbank into school and he passed the message of the appeal on and told how they are helping those who aren’t so fortunate in the town.

“Huge credit must go to the children and their parents because they then responded and brought in so many donations.

“All together we got 363kg of food which we were told would be enough to feed at least 40 families in the town for three days.

“And donations have kept coming in since then to the point where we have now decided to set up a permanent collection point for the foodbank in school.”

Mrs Shanks added: “The children understand what a difference their donations can make.

“The assembly and discussions in class helped them to understand that not everyone in town is as lucky as they are and some can’t afford to put food on the table.

“But by making all of these donations, our youngsters are helping those people.”

The Hartlepool Mail launched its We Can Do It campaign last year to help to launch the foodbank.

And in September we revealed that a staggering 3,407 people in Hartlepool had received a food package with food for up to three days in the first 10 months of the appeal.

A number of organisations, businesses and schools have showed their support for the appeal since the launch.

But the foodbank is always on the lookout for donations of non-perishable food to help feed hard-up families in the town.

The distribution centre, based at 28 Church Street, opens on a Tuesday and Friday from 11.30am-1.30pm where people can donate food items.

To contact the foodbank, or to arrange collections for significant amounts of food, call (01429) 598404.