Metro collections bring in 300 kilos of food for local food banks

Staff at a food bank collection in North Shields
5 August 2020

Generous Metro passengers have helped to collect more than 300 kilos of food for people in poverty. 

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, ran food bank collection points at Metro stations across Tyne and Wear.

A total of 360kg of food and other toiletries was donated following collections at Nexus Travel Shops in North Shields, Gateshead, South Shields, Sunderland and Newcastle.

All of the items, plus cash donations totalling £592, has been shared between five local food banks, which provide essential support for people who are struggling to make ends meet. 

The food will feed 42 families for a week and the cash raised will provide another 51 essential food packs.

Public Affairs Manager at Nexus, Lynne Robinson, said: “Metro is at the heart of the local communities that it serves, making our stations really good locations to collect for local food banks. 

“Our thanks go to everyone who donated and supported this initiative. The food will help those most in need in these difficult times.

“I was really touched with the generosity from customers who donated from their own weekly shopping bags because they wanted to help people who needed the food more than they did.

“It was a pleasure to support the food banks, and the feedback we have received has been fantastic.”

The food banks that benefited are: The Bay Food Bank in North Shields, Gateshead Food Bank, the Hospitality and Hope Food Bank in South Tyneside, Sunderland Food Bank and the West End Food Bank in Newcastle.

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