Food pours in for bank

Maureen Strange, Andrew Milner and Isaac Wales
Maureen Strange, Andrew Milner and Isaac Wales

FOODBANK organisers praised supporters’ amazing generosity after a supermarket collection helped re-stock shelves.

Hartlepool Foodbank collected just over a tonne of food for needy families when they visited the town’s Tesco Extra store on Saturday.

It marked the project’s last supermarket collection until the summer and helped keep stocks healthy for people who suddenly find themselves in need of help.

Shoppers at the Burn Road supermarket were given shopping lists of suggested foods they could donate.

A similar collection with Asda last month collected more than a tonne of food, but foodbank organisers said stocks go down quickly due to the demand they are experiencing.

Foodbank co-ordinator Al Wales said: “People’s ongoing generosity has bene amazing. There is a genuine need out there and this collection has helped restock our shelves which is great.”

The foodbank was set up by the Trussell Trust and Churches Together charities to help give food parcels to people affected by changes to their benefits or who have been made redundant.

Al added: “We are encountering more and more people who say they never envisaged needing help in their life, but they find themselves in a difficult situation.

“It is not easy for people to walk through the door, but the feedback we are getting is everyone puts them at ease and it is a nice environment.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody that has given anything. It is local people helping out others in need.”

Selina Wilson, of Tesco, added: “It was an absolutely fantastic effort and we would like to thank customers for their generosity.”
The foodbank has now helped more than 320 families and individuals since its distribution centre opened in December.

The Mail supported the launch of the project with our We Can Do It appeal which helped to collect more than three tonnes of non-perishable food before Christmas.

The next public collection is planned for July and details will be released closer to the time.

In the meantime you can take any donations along to Hartlepool Foodbank at 28 Church Street.

It is open every Tuesday and Friday, between 11.30am and 1.30pm.