Hartlepool ‘gets behind its fellow man’ with 4,000 meals donated to town foodbank

Tesco manager Darryl Collier with staff member Selina Wilson and terry Allen (right) from the Hartlepool Foodbank
Tesco manager Darryl Collier with staff member Selina Wilson and terry Allen (right) from the Hartlepool Foodbank

GENEROUS Hartlepool shoppers have donated a massive 4,000 meals to a foodbank.

Dozens of town residents descended on Tesco, in Belle Vue Way, Hartlepool, to support the supermarket’s collection for Hartlepool Foodbank.

And 1.85 tonnes of food was donated last Friday and Saturday – which is the equivalent of 560 plastic carrier bags packed with essentials for the needy of the town.

Today Selina Wilson, Tesco’s community champion who helps to co-ordinate the foodbank collections, said staff at the store were delighted and overwhelmed at the generosity shown.

She said: “The amount of goods donated is absolutely fantastic.

“It’s a brilliant community we’ve got here in Hartlepool.

“We don’t see eye to eye all the time but when people are in a crisis I think Hartlepool is fantastic at getting behind its fellow man.”

She added: “We had one generous customer who actually donated two shopping trollies full to the foodbank.

“It’s just amazing.”

Tesco bosses have also pledged to top up the foodbank’s reserves by donating a further £400 to it – 30 per cent of the value of the total amount collected.

The next collection in Tesco is on November 30 and December 1.