Call to boost food stocks

Mike McNamara and Joanne Tweddle of Asda Hartlepool with donations for Hartlepool Foodbank
Mike McNamara and Joanne Tweddle of Asda Hartlepool with donations for Hartlepool Foodbank

ONE of Hartlepool’s biggest supermarkets is holding a major collection for the town’s foodbank to make sure everyone has enough to eat for Easter.

Asda is the focal point all this week for the drive for donations to help feed hard-up families that have been plunged into financial crisis.

Shoppers are encouraged to make a small donation in store to help keep foodbank stocks high.

And on Saturday, the Hartlepool Foodbank team will be in store all day to collect contributions from supporters.

Joanne Tweddle, Asda’s community colleague, said: “We are putting calls out in store asking if people would like to donate anything.

“We are looking for anything, even a tin of beans we will gladly accept.

“We will make sure it gets to the foodbank campaign and help make sure everyone has something to eat over the Easter holidays.”

Customers can drop off donations in a dedicated trolley or at the customer service desk.

The only restrictions is that it must be non-perishable and not fresh food.

Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, previously supported the launch of Hartlepool Foodbank with a generous contribution last September.

The store also provides cardboard boxes and carrier bags to the charity based at 28 Church Street.

Joanne added: “Little things all contribute and help. It is good to help the people of Hartlepool.”

Al Wales, Hartlepool foodbank co-ordinator, said the supermarket collections play a vital part in keeping the charity stocked alongside the regular donations from people.

She said: “So much food is collected at these events and we are very grateful to the supermarkets for their support and permission to be there.

“It also gives us a really great connection with the public and enables lots of people to give a little they can afford and contribute to the success of this great project.”

Examples of food ideal for the foodbank are dried or UHT milk, sugar, soup, pasta and sauces to go with it, tins containing tomatoes, meat, vegetables, fruit, sponge or rice puddings, tea bags, cereals, and coffee.