Tesco’s Hartlepool Foodbank appeal will provide 7,000 meals

Al Wales, left, and Ali Lee busy at work at the Hartlepool Foodbank.

Al Wales, left, and Ali Lee busy at work at the Hartlepool Foodbank.

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Foodbank supporters donated enough food to make over 7,000 meals for people living on the breadline in Hartlepool during a recent appeal.

Tesco Extra, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, held a three day collection for Hartlepool Foodbank as part of a national Neighbourhood Food Collection by the supermarket.

Donations will make a huge difference to ability to provide emergency food but also tackle the root causes of poverty

David McAuley, Trussell Trust

In total, generous customers donated 7,555 meals which will be used by Hartlepool Foodbank, in Church Street, to create emergency food parcels.

Tesco also topped up the donations from this month’s collection by 30 per cent.

Manager Al Wales said the crisis parcels will contain a three days’ supply of nutritionally-balanced food given to men, women and children.

Many are parents struggling with the cost of food due to the loss of free school meals over the long summer holiday.

Al said: “Supermarket collections are one of the main ways Trussell Trust foodbanks are stocked, so we are very grateful for the ongoing support of the local community.”

Store community champion Selina Wilson added: “The generosity and spirit of Hartlepool people never ceases to amaze me.”

Between April last year and March this year, Hartlepool Foodbank gave out 4,224 of the emergency food parcels.

David McAuley, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks, including Hartlepool’s, said: “The donations will make a huge difference to foodbanks’ ability to not only provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food to people in need but also additional support to tackle the root causes of poverty.”