Customers across the UK donated more than 1.3 million meals to feed people in their communities, with people in Falkirk contributing 5,374 meals to help the Trussell Trust and FareShare during the annual Tesco Food Collection at the end of November.
Holding the Tesco Food Collections, which ran for three days in large stores, is just one of a number of ways in which the supermarket supports food charities – it has also provided more than £60 million in support to help the charities feed communities during the pandemic.
During the initial lockdown Tesco donated £15m of food, split between the two charities. The supermarket has announced a further £4m of food for FareShare in recent months and donates two million meals a month of surplus food via the charity.
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Food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network, which includes Falkirk, are expected to provide a food parcel every nine seconds this winter, while FareShare is supplying more than double the food it did before the pandemic to 11,000 frontline charities and community groups feeding people across the UK.
Emma Revie, Trussell Trust CEO, said: “We have been truly humbled to see how much people are willing to give to food banks in our network as they face their busiest winter ever. It’s not right that any of us are forced to a charity for food.
“However, thanks to the incredible compassion and generosity of Tesco customers during the Tesco Food Collection, food banks in our network are able to continue
to provide the lifeline of emergency support for local people in crisis this winter, while we work in the long term to build a hunger free future.”
Tesco’s Head of Community Claire De Silva thanked all those who had supported the annual collection in what had been a particularly challenging year.
She said: “We know every single can, jar or packet donated is helping someone who needs support this winter.”
Shoppers who were unable to donate in store during the Tesco Food Collection can still show their support for the two charities by donating Tesco Clubcard vouchers or money.
Visit www.tesco.com for more information.