Festive food appeal

Selina Wilson of the Burn Road Tesco store with some of the food collected for the Hartlepool Foodbank.
Selina Wilson of the Burn Road Tesco store with some of the food collected for the Hartlepool Foodbank.

A SUPERMARKET will show that every little helps when it holds a food collection for crisis-hit families.

Hartlepool’s Tesco Extra store is asking shoppers to make a small donation to help boost the town’s foodbank stocks in the run-up to Christmas.

Store staff and volunteers will set up stall in Tesco’s entrance for the three day collection on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tesco’s charity champion Selina Wilson said: “We are asking for donations, especially of things the foodbank has told us they are desperate of.

“They are long-life foods such as long-life milk, cereals, tea and coffee.

“We are also appealing for some Christmassy donations like Christmas puddings and selection boxes for the kids.

“Everything we collect across the weekend will be topped up by 30 per cent by the Tesco Charity Trust.

“For every kilogram of food we collect Tesco will put a nominal value on a card that the foodbank can spend on food.

“We have collected about five tonnes of food over the year with our partnership with the foodbank and we are hoping for a really big push for them before Christmas.”

Shoppers can pick up shopping lists of suggested donations when they enter Tesco during the collection.

Anyone who can not get along on Friday or over the weekend but who wants to help can still do so.

The store now has a permanent drop off point near the customer service desk.

Two months ago, the Mail told how an average of eleven people a day are receiving food handouts from Hartlepool Foodbank, which is based in Church Street.

In just its first 10 months, the project helped a staggering 3,407 hard-up people in Hartlepool by making up food packages with three days’ worth of food.

And worryingly, more than 1,100 of those recipients were children.

The Mail launched its We Can Do It campaign one year ago to help to launch the foodbank and encourage donations to feed poverty-hit families in the town.