PEOPLE can play their part in helping hard-up families when a supermarket holds a food collection day this month.
Staff at Tesco, in Burn Road, are urging residents to call into the store and support the Hartlepool Foodbank appeal by donating non-perishable food items.
The last time the store held a collection, in December last year, people turned out in force and donated a staggering amount which was the equivalent of 8,600 meals.
Staff would be absolutely delighted if they had a similar reponse when they hold their next collection all day on Saturday, April 13.
Selina Wilson, community champion at the store, said: “Last time we held a collection the response we got was absolutely amazing, it would be brilliant if we got anywhere near that again this time.
“The response of our customers is always fantastic whenever we organise anything like this.
“We knew we had received a lot of donations last time and when we handed it over and they counted it they told us it was the equivalent of 8,600 meals.”
The collection is another boost for the Hartlepool Foodbank which helped 320 families and individuals since its distribution centre opened in December.
The Foodbank was lauched in September last year by the Trussell Trust church charity and more than four and a half tonnes of non-perishable food items were donated by kindhearted residents in just three months.
Dedicated volunteers have been hard at work getting the donations to families in need in the town.
The foodbank is backed by Churches Together and the Mail’s We Can Do It campaign after worrying statistics revealed that 28.6 per cent of children in Hartlepool are living in poverty.
Selina added: “As soon as the Foodbank was launched last year we set about organising our first collection.
“We have got our collection this month but then we are also looking to hold another one in June and then we will organise another for this December.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported our last collection in doing a brilliant job and urge people to do the same again this time.”
Residents are also reminded that they can drop food off at the foodbank, at 28 Church Street, every Tuesday from 11am-1pm.