Food appeal to help feed Hartlepool’s hungry

Hartlepool Foodbank volunteers during their latest collection at Tesco

Hartlepool Foodbank volunteers during their latest collection at Tesco

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Kind-hearted Hartlepool residents are being asked to help struggling families have enough to eat over the summer.

Supermarket customers can show their support for Hartlepool Foodbank during a big new collection drive which starts today.

It’s fantastic to see local people coming together to build a stronger community

Tesco manager Trevor Howe

Tesco Extra, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, is holding a Neighbourhood Food Collection, to boost stocks of cans and non-perishable foods between today and Saturday.

It is part of a nationwide collection by the supermarket with its partner charities, The Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks including Hartlepool’s, and FareShare.

The appeal aims to help families struggling to put food on the table over the summer holiday period.

Hartlepool Foodbank gave 4,222 people three days of emergency food in 2014-15, compared to 4,783 in 2013-14.

The figures included 1,147 children getting help from the foodbank.

Hartlepool Tesco Extra says staff and customers have embraced the initiative enthusiastically.

Store manager Trevor Howe said: “It’s fantastic to see local people coming together to build a stronger community.

“When we ran the Neighbourhood Food Collection in November we were overwhelmed by the generosity of both our customers and our colleagues.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool Foodbank, based in Church Street, said: “Supermarket collections are one of the main ways that Trussell Trust foodbanks are stocked.

“We really appreciated the way the community came together in last November’s collection to help stop local people going hungry, and hope to have their support again this summer.”

If you cannot make it to Tesco to give a donation, leave items in a permanent collection bin near the check outs.

The Mail backed the foodbank with the launch of our We Can Do It campaign which calls for people to donate food.

The trust foodbanks provide three days’ of emergency food to people in crisis.