HARTLEPOOL foodbank leaders are appealing to the community and businesses to help them find much-needed shelving.
Donations to help people hit by poverty continue to roll in from kind-hearted supporters.
But leaders have appealed for help in sourcing shelving to help store the food easily before they are made into hampers.
The shelving will be used in a large storage unit that has been pledged by Middleton Grange Shopping Centre which will be used as a warehouse.
Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator said: “It is quite a big unit that is empty at the moment so we need quite a lot.
“The steering group has been following up leads, but we have met with a few dead ends.
“We have got some funding, but it would be great if we could find one from someone who had some equipment they do not need.
“We can make do with tables and chairs at the moment.
“But for the warehouse to function properly we need substantial racking and stacking.
“If someboby knows of any going spare it would be a shame to miss out.
“A couple of times we have found out too late and we could have benefited from it.”
Around a tonne of non-perishable food, such as cans, pasta and cereals, have already been donated to cause.
It is being backed by the Mail’s We Can Do It campaign.
But organisers need to collect three tonnes of food before it can be handed out to people in need.
The foodbank at 28 Church Street is open to receive donations between 11am and 1pm every Tuesday.
The Mail launched our campaign for donations after it emerged that almost a third of Hartlepool children (28.6 per cent) are living in poverty.
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond and town MP Iain Wright have given their backing to the campaign.
The foodbank project is being led by Hartlepool Churches Together and the Trussell Trust charity.
A number of town businesses, pubs, churches and toddler groups have already offered to help along with a small army of volunteers.
If you can help the project find shelving, contact Al Wales on 07857845937.