Foodbank bags £100s in gifts

SUPERMARKET staff and customers have boosted a foodbank appeal with hundreds of pounds worth of donations.

Hartlepool Foodbank staff have been delighted with the amount of donations they received since the Mail launched the We Can Do It campaign, aimed at feeding people in need this winter.

And now the Tesco store, in the town’s Burn Road, hasplayed its part in the appeal, thanks to the generosity of customers and colleagues.

The store set up a collection point as part of its fair share scheme and filled 46 trolleys full of donations of non-perishable food items.

Staff worked out that the value of all of the donations was more than £380, which was then boosted by 20 per cent by 

Selina Wilson, community champion at Tesco Hartlepool, said: “I couldn’t believe the generosity of people and how many items were donated.

“Some people were putting one item in as they walked past, others were donating a basket full.

“Regardless of how much, it will all make a difference.”

Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the support of Tesco and their customers.

“We are looking forward to developing and strengthening a partnership with supermarkets in the town.”

The We Can Do It campaign was launched after it was revealed that more than 28 per cent of children in Hartlepool are living in poverty.

The foodbank, which is run by Churches Together and charity the Trussell Trust, is based at 28 Church Street.

It must bring in three tonnes of donations before it can hopefully start distributing food in December

Al added: “The appeal is really gathering momentum and it seems to have struck a chord with people.

“It’s sad that a foodbank is needed but it’s excellent to be in a town where people are so happy to support it.”

The foodbank is open to receive donations on a Tuesday from 11am-1pm.

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