Emergency Food for local people in crisis


Today in Hartlepool there are families struggling to put food on the table.  For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis - redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill - can mean going hungry.  Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating.

Foodbanks help to prevent family breakdown, housing loss, crime and mental health problems.  We also take time to listen and signpost people to further support.

Hartlepool Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust's UK-wide foodbank network.  This helps local churches and communities to open foodbanks, providing emergency food to thousands of people nationwide every year.

For more information about Hartlepool Foodbank please visit their designated website at


Hartlepool Foodbank Churches Newsletter

Harvest donations and talks

The Harvest season is almost upon us and many churches are considering their giving at this time of year. We would be thrilled if you would consider giving a donation of food and/or toiletries to Hartlepool Foodbank. As we enter our busiest time of year (October to January) donations become even more important to us and allow us to provide food support to our town’s most vulnerable people.

Over the last 12 months Hartlepool Foodbank has provided almost 5000 people with emergency food, supporting them through crises including job loss, illness, family bereavement, and changes to the benefit system. We have also supported many other local food providers over the summer with bulk donations of food. We would be so grateful for any of the following items (please note that we cannot accept out of date or fresh items)


UHT milk, Long life fruit juice/squash, Soup (tinned or packet), Pasta sauces, Sponge puddings, Tinned tomatoes, Cereals, Rice, Pasta, Tinned Rice pudding, Tinned custard, Instant coffee, Tea bags, Instant mash, Tinned potatoes, Tinned meat, Tinned fish, Tinned fruit, Tinned vegetables, Jam/spreads, Biscuits/snack bars, savoury snacks, Store cupboard items, Toiletries


Our staff and volunteers are able to deliver sermons and talks in church throughout the year, helping your congregation to learn more about the work of Hartlepool Foodbank poverty in our town. If you would like a talk in your church at any point please email Abi on or call 01429 598404.

Tesco Collection November 2019

Our annual Tesco collection is fast approaching (Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd November) and we are looking for volunteers to help support this important event. Our collection at Tesco brings in around 3 tonnes of food donations for us at this vital time of year, ensuring we can support our town’s most vulnerable people at, for some, the most difficult time of year.

If you or anyone in your church is able to offer a few hours to support this collection, please let us know. We will be in Tesco Extra on Belle Vue Way from 9 – 5 each day and roles will include giving out shopping lists to customers, accepting donations and supporting the warehouse team to sort and store donations.


We are always looking for volunteers to help at our twice weekly Foodbank sessions. Roles include listening to clients, packing food parcels, greeting clients at the door and making teas and coffees. We are also looking for people who would be interested in delivering talks to raise awareness of our work to groups including schools, churches, interest groups, Scouts and Guides. If you would like to volunteer with us, please get in touch! We would love to hear from you. Either pop into one of our Foodbank sessions on Tuesday and Friday between 11:30 and 1:30, email Abi on or call 01429 5948404.