Tesco staff help out at soup kitchen in Hartlepool’s Peoples Centre

Tesco staff Angie Dawson (left) and Selina Wilson serve soup at the Peoples Centre, where they have set up a regular soup kitchen.
Tesco staff Angie Dawson (left) and Selina Wilson serve soup at the Peoples Centre, where they have set up a regular soup kitchen.

SUPERMARKET staff helped out to support the needy at a soup kitchen.

Employees from the Tesco Extra store, in Hartlepool, helped to run a soup kitchen at The Peoples Centre, in the town’s Raby Road.

Eight people were fed during the three hours the staff were there, though they stayed later and provided food for about 30 elderly people who attended a craft session at the centre.

People could choose from tasty vegetable or chicken noodle soup, along with a roll, as well as fresh fruit salad.

Selina Wilson, Tesco’s community champion, said: “We organised a soup kitchen for our local needy and anyone in receipt of the food bank service.

“This was a way of Tesco going out into the community. We have been a partner with the town’s food bank for the last year-and-a-half and we are well aware of the need in the local community for assisting with things like community kitchens and donations to the food bank and other similar initiatives.

“We decided we would make a proactive effort along with the Peoples Centre and get out there.

“This was a trial run and we hope to do it again in the near future and get a bigger turn-out.”

Selina said the majority of the eight people who used the soup kitchen were middle-aged single people who lived on their own and are struggling to make ends meet, including some who were diabetic, and without food until the got paid the following day.

She added: “Even though we only supported a small number of people on the day, it was a good feeling to know people weren’t going hungry that night, it was quite heart-warming. We hope it will really take off when we do it again.”