Food donations top two tonnes

Food Bank co-ordinator, Al Wales with some of the groceries already donated to the campaign
Food Bank co-ordinator, Al Wales with some of the groceries already donated to the campaign

FOODBANK leaders have praised the generosity of people in Hartlepool for helping them reach two thirds of their mammoth target.

The appeal, which is being supported by the Mail’s We Can Do It campaign, is on course to collect three tonnes of food before the foodbank opens its doors in December.

So far, donations from all corners of the community have topped two tonnes after a great response from churches, schools and individuals.

Foodbank co-ordinator Al Wales said: “I’m fairly confident we will exceed our target of three tonnes before we open.

“I knew the recent harvest festivals and school festivals would be a big part of what came in.

“I have been thrilled with the level of response from supermarkets, schools, churches, individuals and organisations.

“The foodbank seems to be a charity people find it easy to get behind.

“Most people can appreciate how easy it is to suddenly be up against it.

“The response in Hartlepool has been so widespread and captured every part of society.”

The Hartlepool Foodbank has been inundated with donations of non-perishable food items since the Mail launched the We Can Do It campaign, to help Hartlepool group Churches Together and UK charity Trussell Trust collect three tonnes of food to feed people in need this winter.

Foodbank leaders have made contact with 13 agencies and behind the scenes training with volunteers will take place throughout the month.

People will be able to leave donations at a drop-off point in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre during a collection week from Monday, November 12 to Saturday, November 17.

Vouchers will be given to the poverty-hit to claim a three-day food parcel from the foodbank in Church Street, after being issued with vouchers from the likes of GPs, social workers, church leaders and also the JobCentre.

Figures show 28.6 per cent of Hartlepool children are living in poverty, and this scheme will help those most in need.