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Published 6th Nov 2017

parkway shopping centre supports middlesbrough foodbank

Middlesbrough Foodbank has welcomed a new partner, as Parkway Shopping Centre announce their support for the local charity.

From Monday 6th November the shopping centre will launch a Food Bank Collection Point, after it became inspired by speaking with Stephen Sutton, Coulby Newham Baptist Church Minister, who helps organise the collections in the Middlesbrough area, and Alison George, Customer Experience Manager at Tesco, who have been a partner of the foodbank for some time.

Zoe France, Centre Manager at the Parkway explains; “After speaking with a number of partners of Middlesbrough Foodbank, it seemed the obvious thing for us to get involved in. As a busy shopping centre, that is positioned very much at the heart of the community, we can offer the charity a central point, where shoppers can drop off much need items”.

Starting on Monday 6th November a collection point will be located near Boyes, with a regularly updated list of urgently required items, available on the shopping centre's Facebook page.

The foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. Along with a central depot, the charity has eight distribution centres across Middlesbrough, including Langdon Square, Coulby Newham.

Soroush Sadeghzadeh, Project Manager at Middlesbrough Foodbank explains “I was so encouraged after meeting with Zoe to discuss the possibility of having a collection bin for foodbank at the Parkway Centre. We’ve been offered a prominent location for our collection bin which will be emptied every Tuesday alongside the one we have at Tesco Coulby Newham. This will allow us to continue with providing food for those in crisis.”

Zoe continues “Christmas is an especially difficult time for many people. With one in five families living below the poverty line in the UK, any charitable donations received will make a direct difference almost immediately”.

The Parkway will be operating the food bank collection point throughout Christmas until the beginning of January 2018. Please note Christmas food items need to be donated by Tuesday 12th December so that they can be sorted and distributed in time for Christmas.

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