Falkirk charities in appeal for donations to festive food campaign

Two charities providing vital food to people hit by the Covid-19 pandemic are appealing for people in Falkirk to help support the UK’s biggest food collection this Christmas.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 7:30 am
A Tesco volunteer holding a shopping list guide for donations at the launch of the  festive campaign
A Tesco volunteer holding a shopping list guide for donations at the launch of the festive campaign

FareShare and the Trussell Trust are poised to start be collecting food in Tesco stores for their festive campaign

And they say, help is needed more than ever.

Food banks and community groups supported by the charities are under pressure as a result of the pandemic, and a call has gone out to people to dig even deeper to help with donations.

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From Thursday, November 19-21, FareShare wants volunteers to staff donation points in store, while the Trussell Trust is looking for social media helpers to share shopping lists online to encourage people to donate.

During the collection, customers will be encouraged to donate long-life food to help food banks and community groups support people this Christmas. Tesco will top up customer donations by 20% in cash.

Jonny Astill, the Trussell Trust’s area manager for Falkirk, said: “As we look to the one of the busiest times of the year for food banks in our network, we would be so grateful if people can share shopping lists of their local food bank’s most-needed items on their social media to encourage friends and family to donate.

"Together we can make a difference and ensure that food banks are able to help people in crisis this winter.”

Volunteers will need to adhere to the Covid-19 rules in place in the store when they participate.

People interested in volunteering can find out more by going online.

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