Hartlepool Borough Council’s £4k donation to foodbank

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FOODBANK bosses say they are delighted with a Hartlepool Borough Council donation

The council has pledged more money to support the Hartlepool Foodbank that has helped hundreds of hard-pressed families since being launched less than a year ago.

They voted unanimously at a recent meeting to give £4,000 to the foodbank which operates from 28, Church Street,

The money which follows a previous donation of £10,000, is the result of an under-spend in the council’s Local Welfare Support Scheme (LWSS), a hardship fund that provides a mix of crisis and non-crisis support to those most in need.

Al Wales, co-ordinator of the Hartlepool Foodbank, added: “We are very grateful to the council for this additional financial help, and it is great to know that we live in a town that takes its commitment to local people so seriously.”

The foodbank, a joint initiative of Churches Together and The Trussell Trust, accepts referrals from a range of agencies/organisations and since opening in December last year it has assisted 3,350 people – 2,179 adults and 1,171 children.

In the last six months, it has received 812 first-time referrals and in August alone it gave out over 2.5 tonnes of food.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “The foodbank is playing an absolutely vital role in supporting large numbers of local people.”

Given the demands on its services, the foodbank has now issued a fresh appeal for donations of non-perishable foods. Items can be taken directly to the foodbank on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

The town’s Tesco supermarket in Burn Road is also setting up a permanent collection point and Asda in Marina Way is happy to take donations on behalf of the foodbank.

Where groups of people, schools and other organisations have collected a significant amount of food, collection can be arranged by calling (01429) 598404.