South Shields food bank appeals for help as stocks run low

Hospitality and Hope South Tynesides chief executive Amelia Luffrum, right, patron Sir David Chapman, and volunteer co-ordinator Maureen Gribben.

Hospitality and Hope South Tynesides chief executive Amelia Luffrum, right, patron Sir David Chapman, and volunteer co-ordinator Maureen Gribben.

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A charity which provides food to those in need says the cupboard is almost bare and have made a desperate call for help.

Hospitality and Hope South Tyneside says stocks are running low as more people seek the help of its food bank.

In a bid to boost its supplies, it is calling on local businesses to get behind a box appeal.

It is asking for firms to take a box and fill it with tins and packets of food, which can then be collected by the charity.

Amelia Luffrum, CEO of the charity, which is based in Hampden Street, South Shields, said: “We are giving out so many parcels at the moment that stocks are starting to run low.

“The number of people accessing the service through referrals from various agencies is rising.

“We are hoping businesses and other places will be able to help us out.”

She added: “We are asking them to put a box in their place of work and, when it’s full, to let us know so we can come and collect it.”

As well as donations of food, the charity, which launched its food bank in 2011, is also asking for donations of clothes.

In particular, it needs men’s coats, jeans and trainers.

Donations of food can also be dropped off at the former Hampden Street Day Centre, South Shields, where the charity is based on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am until 2pm.

Hospitality and Hope also provides a soup kitchen providing hot food, sandwiches and drinks to anyone in need.

The charity receives no government funding and relies heavily on the donations of businesses and residents.

It currently has 60 volunteers who help run the services, with those in need being sent to the charity by a range of agencies.

Anyone who would like more information on the charity, including how to donate items or volunteer their service visit www.hospitalityandhope.co.uk or by calling 420 3336.