Hartlepool is introducing a ground-breaking food bank scheme to stop children going hungry during the school holidays.
The £38,000 pilot project will target pupils who receive free school meals.
A food bank will distribute parcels from three distribution centres.
Food bank operators the Trussell Trust is involved in the scheme, which will run for the six week duration of the summer holidays.
The parcels will include basic store cupboard supplies such as rice, pasta, tinned vegetables and tinned meat and fish.
It is estimated that a total of 480 boxes (80 a week) will be distributed at a cost of £13,000.
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