Hartlepool Foodbank set for big Asda collection

Al Wales (left) and Ali Lee restocking the Hartlepool Foodbank.
Al Wales (left) and Ali Lee restocking the Hartlepool Foodbank.

A SERVICE that helps people on the breadline to get enough food will reach out to the community for urgently needed stock.

Hartlepool Foodbank will appeal to customers of the town’s Asda superstore this weekend to dig deep and donate.

Last month, the charity based in Church Street, Hartlepool, helped to feed the equivalent of two children a day.

Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator, said: “There is such a genuine need in Hartlepool.

“In August alone we helped to feed 62 children so please come along and donate whatever you can.

“Your support really does make a difference.”

Items most needed include sugar, sponge puddings, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, long life milk, fruit juice, tinned meat, sweet snacks, savoury snacks, custard, tinned fish.

Other donations such as basic toiletries are also needed. Everything donated goes to help support town residents in short-term crisis.

The foodbank holds several collections a year at Hartlepool’s three biggest supermarkets which provide several tonnes of food.

But with people feeling the effects of the Government’s welfare reforms, it gives out around half a tonne of food a week and needs to keep its shelves stocked.

The Mail backed the launch of the charity with our We Can Do It appeal to encourage readers to make donations.

The foodbank team will be in Asda, Marina Way, on Saturday, between 9am-5pm.