Foodbank’s call for help

Clive Hall and Al Wales of the Hartlepool Foodbank.
Clive Hall and Al Wales of the Hartlepool Foodbank.

A CHARITY that helps feed families in crisis is appealing to people for help of items it is desperately short of.

Hartlepool Foodbank, based in Church Street, is currently running low on stocks of sugar, fruit juices and sweet and savoury snacks.

Bosses say a feared huge rise in demand for hand outs during the school holidays has so far not materialised.

But they are appealing for the public to dig deep and help keep stocks up over the summer.

Hartlepool Foodbank manager Al Wales said: “We quite often run quite low of sugar and fruit juices.

“Although we are well supported there are a few things that people generally don’t tend to think of when buying items.”

Families picked up almost a tonne of goods from Hartlepool Foodbank in the first week of the school holidays.

The charity feared it could see a massive spike in families being referred to them for help as children would not be getting free school meals.

But Al said they are currently able to cope with the demand they are seeing.

Meanwhile, the foodbank is letting people know that it will be closed for two sessions.

They are on Tuesday, August 19, and Friday, August 22, when the base in Church Street would normally be open to receive donations and deal with clients. But arrangements have been put in place so that emergency food parcels will be available to those in most need.

Al added: “We have worked very closely with our biggest referrals agency and other agencies to ensure that families in crisis will still get the support they need during the sessions that we are closed.”

The Mail backed the Foodbank scheme by launching our We Can Do It appeal last year to encourage readers to make donations.

Anyone who can donate food, including the items they are most short of, can take them to 28 Church Street, Hartlepool, between 10am and 2pm on Friday and Tuesday.

You can also leave goods at any of the foodbank’s permanent collection points including at Tesco and Asda supermarkets.