Food bank collections set up on the Tyne and Wear Metro

A Metro train
17 June 2020

Collection points for local food banks are being set up on the Tyne and Wear Metro system during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is running the collection to help families who are struggling to make ends meet amid the crisis.

Passengers can make donations as they pass through five of the busiest Metro stations. Each collection point will be set up specially to allow for social distancing.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Metro is right at the heart of the communities it serves so this collection is the least that we can do to help our local food banks at this time of national emergency.

“Passengers can leave their donations at a collection point located at five different stations on the network. The food will be distributed to food banks in each of the districts of Tyne and Wear.

“This will aid people in the most deprived areas of our region, many of who are struggling even more due to the devastating effects of the pandemic.

“Donations should be non-perishable items, for example long-life milk, tinned fish, pasta, rice, and other canned items. Please speak to a member of staff if you have items to spare and they can show you where to drop it off.”

Foodbank Collections are taking place at North Shields Metro station June 22-26; Gateshead Interchange June 29-3 July; South Shields Interchange July 6-10; Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland July 13-17; Haymarket Metro station July 20-24.
 

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