SUPERMARKET customers are being urged to help families in need this Christmas by donating to Hartlepool Foodbank.
Customers at Tesco in Hartlepool are being invited to donate food in store until Saturday as the retailer gears up to hold the biggest-ever national food collection in the UK and reach their target of collecting 20 million meals for people in need by the end of this year.
This will be the Fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection run by Tesco in partnership with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.
To date, 15.3 million meals have been donated to help feed people in need nationwide.
Customers at the Hartlepool Tesco will be given a special shopping list when they enter the store and will be asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods and coffee before donating as they leave the store.
The food will then be distributed to the Hartlepool Foodbank before being given to people in times of crisis.
Hartlepool foodbank manager Al Wales said: “Winter is the hardest time of year for people living in poverty, and this Christmas is looking especially tough as many people on low incomes are already really struggling.
“We’re delighted that Tesco are working with us to help stop local people going hungry this Christmas and we hope that many people will donate a tin or two.”
It comes after the Mail launched our We Can Do It appeal to encourage readers to make donations.
Trevor Howe, store manager at Hartlepool Tesco, said: “Our customers were incredibly generous when we held our last food collection in the summer, so we’re hoping to collect an even bigger total this time around.
“In the run-up to Christmas we want to do our bit to feed those in need, and volunteers from Hartlepool Foodbank are really looking forward to taking part in the collection.”
Tesco will be topping up total donations by a further 30 per cent.