Middlesbrough Foodbank users to get bus travel vouchers from Stagecoach
Stagecoach North East is working in partnership with Middlesbrough Foodbank to launch an initiative which offers free travel on buses for its community members following an approach from a local Middlesbrough councillor. The operator has created a bespoke voucher scheme for its services across the Tees Valley, to help assist people who visit the centres with their travel costs.
The voucher, which can be exchanged on all Stagecoach buses in Teesside and Hartlepool, enables anyone who uses the foodbank service in Middlesbrough to travel on a single journey from its seven food bank collection centres throughout Middlesbrough.
Residents who visit the community foodbank can then benefit from a free journey home with their groceries, or can travel in and around Stockton, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.
“I am delighted that following my approach to Stagecoach North East, they have agreed to start this scheme in Middlesbrough,” says Matthew Storey, Middlesbrough councillor for central ward. “Foodbanks provide vital support to people who are really struggling. Often they will have mobility issues or children with them when collecting their food and in any event, travelling from the Foodbank with heavy bags isn’t always easy. This excellent community engagement from Stagecoach North East will make a real difference to people who could use a little extra help when they are finding it hard to make ends meet.”
Nathan Stanislawski, operations manager, Stagecoach North East, adds: “We are delighted to support an organisation that provides such a vital community service. With the rise in demand for projects of this nature, community food banks are becoming increasingly important and are relied on heavily.”