Foodbank use is on the rise in the UK and a Middlesbrough shopping centre is supporting those locally who need it most by introducing a food donation drop off.
Hillstreet Shopping Centre is supporting Trussell Trust, not just for the festive period but all year round, by encouraging people to donate non-perishable tinned and dried foods at its newly installed drop off point in the Centre Square.
The Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 food banks across the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food to people in need, as well as providing support to help people resolve the challenges they face.
There are currently eight Trussell Trust foodbanks in Middlesbrough, with the main location based on Wallis Road, Southbank.
Peter Drabble, Centre Manager at Hillstreet Shopping Centre, said: “Everyone here at Hillstreet is well aware of the fantastic job Trussell Trust does in the Middlesbrough community. Without the charity’s help there would many vulnerable people going without a decent meal, particularly over the festive period.
“Thanks to the generosity of our visitors, we hope to be able to help more local people in real need, not just at Christmas but all year round.”
Hillstreet’s owners, NewRiver, announced its first corporate charity partnership with the Trussell Trust in June earlier this year. So far, donation drop off points have been set up in 14 of its shopping centres across the UK.
Boro legend Bernie Slaven is a familiar face at Hillstreet and says the initiative is something he can really get behind.
He said: “A group of Boro fans that started The Middlesbrough Supporters Forum have organised a series of successful foodbank collections on match days over the past year.
“It is great to see the shopping centre championing such a great cause and I have no doubt they will receive lots of donations from the generous people of Middlesbrough.”
Between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in the Trussell Trust network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies to people in crisis, a 19% increase on the previous year.
For more information about the Trussell Trust and to find out what food items you can donate, visit www.trusselltrust.org.