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Record amount of shopping items collected for Hartlepool Foodbank

Selina Wilson of the Burn Road Tesco store with some of the food collected for the Hartlepool Foodbank.

Selina Wilson of the Burn Road Tesco store with some of the food collected for the Hartlepool Foodbank.

A SUPERMARKET is delighted with a record number of shopping items being donated to a foodbank – with some customers handing over trolley loads of goods.

Tesco, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, set up a collection point in store for shoppers to donate foodstuff to Hartlepool Foodbank.

And customers were so generous that the scales were tipped at 3.2 tonnes of food.

That is compared to 2.8 tonnes of food at a similar collection at the store in December last year, and 1.8 tonnes in the summer.

Two customers bought two large trolleys full of food just for the foodbank campaign

Selina Wilson, community champion for Tesco, said: “We had an absolutely fantastic response from our customers, with most customers bringing one, two and three carrier bags full of items.

“Two customers bought two large trolleys of food for the food bank.

“We couldn’t believe it!”

The collection was held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last week and there were dozens of members of staff and volunteers from the foodbank helping out.

Selina said: “I would say about half of our customers donated and we got a record amount, which is just great.”

The Mail launched its We Can Do It campaign a year ago to help to launch the foodbank and encourage donations to feed poverty-hit families in the town.

Earlier this year we reported how an average of eleven people a day are receiving food handouts from the Church Street-based project.

 

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