In-demand foodbank launches mobile app to let people know what Hartlepool families are short of

Ali Lee of the Hartlepool Foodbank using the new ap.
Ali Lee of the Hartlepool Foodbank using the new ap.

A LIFELINE foodbank service has launched a hi-tech app to tell donors what goods they are short of to help needy families

Hartlepool Foodbank has launched the smartphone application to help people see exactly what foods they are running low on.

Around half a tonne of food is currently being given to desperate people on the breadline from its base in Church Street.

The charity receives a constant stream of support from kind-hearted residents, schools, and supermarkets.

The Mail also supports the scheme and we launched our We Can Do It campaign to help to launch the foodbank in late 2012 to encourage donations.

But managers say they often run low of certain foods and hope the app which launched last week, will help keep stocks up.

Co-ordinator Al Wales said: “We are one of the first foodbanks in the country to sign up to the app after a successful trial in Sheffield.

“The idea is to make donating much easier for people as they can check it when they are in the supermarket themselves.

“We get donations at every session but we do run out of some stock entirely.

“At the moment we are very low on sugar, coffee and fish.

“If we can match up donations with the items we urgently need it is going to make all the difference.”

The app uses a simple traffic light colour code system where items they need most are in red.

Foods marked amber show stocks are starting to run low and green means they have healthy supplies.

Al added: “We’re encouraging as many people as possible to download the app.

“It is also useful for parents of children at schools that support us and hold regular donation days.”
Foodbank volunteers will hold a collection at Asda supermarket on Marina Way, Hartlepool, on Saturday.

Donations can be left with the team who will be in the store foyer between 9am and 5pm.

The foodbank app is available free to download from either the App Store for iPhones or the Play Store for Android devices.