MUCH-NEEDED donations continue to roll in for Hartlepool’s new foodbank.
Parishioners of Burbank Community Church in Hartlepool are supporting the scheme to feed hard-up families.
Members of the church have been busy collecting boxes of non-perishable food, such as tins and pasta, to go towards the new project aimed at helping people across the town hit by poverty.
The church is one of several that have pledged their support to the foodbank being spearheaded by Churches Together and the UK charity the Trussell Trust.
And the Mail is backing the scheme through our new We Can Do It campaign which is encouraging as many people as possible to contribute items to the foodbank.
Donations, like the kind collected by Burbank Community Church, will be made into food hampers.
Burbank Community Church meets at Ward Jackson School every Sunday morning.
Although it is quite small it helps the community through social action projects and supporting groups for the benefit of residents.
From today, people can donate items at the foodbank’s distribution centre at 28 Church Street which opens for the first time between 11am and 1pm.
Organisers say they need to collect three tonnes of food before they can start handing out hampers and they hope to be up and running before Christmas.
Al Wales, Hartlepool foodbank co-ordinator said: “Through no fault of their own, there are people in Hartlepool struggling to put food on the table. The aim is not to make people dependent on the foodbank, but to help those in crisis.”
A network of professionals and organisations like GPs, social workers and church leaders will refer people to the foodbank.
They will be given vouchers for the parcels which will contain enough food to last for three days.
Supermarket Asda in Marina Way, Hartlepool, was the first to back our We Can Do It campaign with £150 worth of food.