A generous donation to help feed the hungry in Bridlington has been made as part of a initiative spearheaded by the town council in conjunction with Morrisons.
A total of £57.84 worth of tinned food was purchased for Real Aid food bank by Bridlington Town Councillors, with donations from members of the public, and this was matched by Morrisons in Bridlington.
Mayor Coun Terry Dixon said: “It is widespread that people are struggling to afford food, what with energy bills going up. Food is so important to stay alive.
“We will see how it goes now, I think it is up to the people of Bridlington to donate. I have set the ball in motion and hopefully people will get on board.”
He said the Co-Op has agreed collection containers to be in place at three of it’s stores in the area at Flamborough, Wheatley Drive and St Johns Street in Bridlington. He is still waiting for a response from Tesco to confirm their involvement in the scheme.
Councillor Liam Dealtry, who accompanied Coun Dixon and Coun John Copsey to Morrisons on Friday 1 November, said: “I think it is a good cause to back. There are other places in Bridlington, like the Hinge Centre, which give out food packages too.
“Unfortunately we are living in an age where we need a food bank, but I think anybody worth their salt would get behind this scheme especially if it is helping the people of Bridlington. “We have got to lead by example, and a big thank you to Morrisons.”
Richard Bradley, Morrisons manager, said: “It is good for the community to show that Morrisons care, we do care for the community round here and it shows that the councillors care as well.”
Lindsay Killick, project manager at Real Aid, said: “I think it is absolutely fantastic that we have got the town council and the mayor’s support and also in the form of Morrisons as well.
“We are absolutely overwhelmed with the support and it is really fantastic that they are supporting the food bank in this way and in these tough economic times.”
Real Aid is a charity organisation founded in 2001 by husband and wife team Colin and Barbara Raine from Bridlington. It aims to relieve people who are suffering anywhere in the world, and receives no Government funding.