Half a tonne of food gifts to help Hartlepool families in need

Pictured during the collection at the Hartlepool Marina Way ASDA store are Ali Lee, Trevor Hauxwell and Linda Mohun of the Hartlepool Foodbank and Joanne Tweddle of ASDA.
Pictured during the collection at the Hartlepool Marina Way ASDA store are Ali Lee, Trevor Hauxwell and Linda Mohun of the Hartlepool Foodbank and Joanne Tweddle of ASDA.

FOODBANK chiefs are delighted after a generous supporters handed in over half a tonne of food for needy families in just one day.

Hartlepool Foodbank volunteers set up stall in Asda supermarket in Hartlepool and appealed to shoppers to give an item of food to the cause.

The appeal was a huge success with 663 kilograms of food collected in just a few hours as people continue to support the Mail’s ‘We Can Do It’ campaign.

Project leaders say it will help them to feed another 55 people in Hartlepool who suddenly find themselves in financial crisis and have nowhere else to turn to.

Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator said: “We are grateful to Asda for their on-going support of the Foodbank and to all those shoppers who gave so generously.

This collection will help us continue to support local people in crisis. In total 663.5kg, well over half a tonne of food was collected which equates to 15 families or 55 individuals in crisis receiving three days’ worth of food.

“The food we collected is equivalent to the amount we can give out in one working week, which shows you the increasing number of people facing food poverty in our town.”

People can still donate food at Asda on Marina Way, Hartlepool all of this week.

Saturday’s collection was part of a nationwide campaign when around 200 Asda stores supported foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust charity.

Hartlepool project managers say they have seen a steep rise in the demand for their help since April.

It has been put down to rising food prices, static incomes and high unemployment.

In the last year, Hartlepool Foodbank collected 5.7 tonnes of food from the public which helped feed 1,129 people, including 426 children.

Members of the public can also make donations directly to Hartlepool Foodbank at 28 Church Street, on Tuesdays and Fridays, between 11.30am and 1.30pm.