Pupils’ insight into food poverty at Hartlepool Foodbank

Left to right Ruth Kilby, Jordan Cummings, Sam Murphy, Bethany Doherty, Erin Dobing, Marella Baldonasa and Olivia Liston

Left to right Ruth Kilby, Jordan Cummings, Sam Murphy, Bethany Doherty, Erin Dobing, Marella Baldonasa and Olivia Liston

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THOUGHTFUL school students got an insight into food poverty by fasting and raised half a tonne of vital supplies for Hartlepool Foodbank.

A group of teenagers from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool raised just over £200 from family and friends by going without food for a day.

And they quickly spent the cash on stacks of food which they delivered to Hartlepool Foodbank in Church Street.

Project co-ordinator Al Wales said: “We were delighted and blown away by the donation.

“It is great to see students engaging with food poverty issues and doing something about it.”

The Year 10 students are all part of newly-formed St Vincent de Paul youth group in English Martyrs.

Laura Howe, co-ordinator of the group, said: “St Vincent de Paul Society is a charitable organisation which rather than donating money goes out and does things to directly help communities and works with the underprivileged.”

It has been a busy time for the foodbank after Hartlepool’s Tesco Extra store collected 2.6 tonnes of food in three days.

And last Friday, volunteers held a successful collection at Morrisons, in Clarence Road.

Al added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the customers, the response from them was really positive.

“We haven’t had chance to weigh it up yet but it looks to have been very successful.

“Last August was our busiest month of the year so we wanted to ensure our warehouse was fully stocked and ready in of an increase in demand.”