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Hearty food served up to needy at Open Kitchen in Stockton
10:31am Thursday 26th December 2013 in News
FOOD hampers and festive cheer were dished up to people who may not be having a Happy Christmas.
Castlegate Shopping Centre in Stockton hosted its first Open Kitchen event when 200 hearty dishes were served to the town’s homeless, elderly and families in need.
Karen Eve, centre manager, said: “The one day initiative is part of Hampers from the Heart - a wider community programme from the shopping centre.
“It is designed to bring shoppers, retailers and members of Stockton’s wider community together in partnership for those less fortunate in the area.”
Hot food was served throughout the afternoon from Stockton parish hall and more than 150 food and toy bags were given away with items donated by retailers based in the shopping centre.
Diners were given a bag of everyday basics including cereal, bread and toiletries while children were handed bags filled with toys, colouring books and sweets.
Mark Miller, Minister at the Parish Church, based on Stockton High Street, praised the event for helping the community.
He said: “I believe anything that brings local people, businesses and charities together is a brilliant idea as it helps lift community spirit.
“Open Kitchen is a great example of how a business like Castlegate Shopping Centre can make a difference."
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