Tesco director says increasing food poverty is ‘hitting families hard’ as Hartlepool foodbank appeals for more donations

PLEASE GIVE: Left to right, Selina Wilson, of Tesco, and Maurice Mathison and Al Wales, of the Hartlepool Foodbank, at a previous Tesco foodbank day

PLEASE GIVE: Left to right, Selina Wilson, of Tesco, and Maurice Mathison and Al Wales, of the Hartlepool Foodbank, at a previous Tesco foodbank day

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FOODBANK supporters are once again urged to give generously at a collection to replenish stocks.

Hartlepool’s Tesco Extra store is inviting customers to drop off something for the project which has handed out over 1,200 food parcels to the needy since it opened last December.

Foodbank volunteers will set up a stall at Tesco, in Burn Road, tomorrow and Saturday to receive donations.

Hartlepool foodbank managers were delighted when shoppers gave around a tonne of non-perishible food at the last collection in store in April and are hoping for a similar response.

It is part of a national collection which is seeing Tesco stores up and down the country backing foodbanks.

The collection comes as new research shows more than one in 10 people in the North-East have skipped meals, gone without food to feed their family or relied on family or friends for food in the last year.

Rebecca Shelley, group corporate affairs director at Tesco, said: “This research reveals that since our last national food collection in December, the problem of food poverty in the UK has increased and shows no signs of improving.

“It’s hitting families hard, especially when resources like free school meals, breakfast clubs and after school clubs are not available.

“Because we have stores in so many communities across the UK, we are working with the help of our customers, thousands of our colleagues and volunteers from the Trussell Trust and FareShare to help provide emergency food to people who are struggling.”

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