Stores across the UK reported that customers had given the highest volume of food donations to support local charities since the start of the pandemic, providing 1.57m meals during the campaign, with shoppers in Falkirk donating 13,702 meals.
The donations will help foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network provide emergency parcels and help FareShare supply thousands of frontline charities. Tesco has once again topped up all customer donations with a 20 per cent cash donation to the two charities, to support them in their work feeding people in communities across the UK.
Lynne Collie, from Cyrenians FareShare Central and South East Scotland, said shoppers’ donations would make a huge difference to the frontline charities they supplied.
“The Food Collection is so important to FareShare because donations of long-life items means we are able to compliment the fresh food that we receive year round from Tesco with staples like rice, tinned vegetables and tea and coffee,” she said.
“Thank you to every single Tesco customer that donated to the food collection this year – your generous donations will help us to continue supporting local charities and community groups that are helping to feed people in need this winter.
Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, said the donations helped provide food to people facing impossible decisions over festive period.
“Throughout 2021, communities across the UK have stepped in to provide vital support to people at food banks, left without enough money for the essentials,” she said. “This emergency lifeline is only possible due to the incredible compassion and generosity of Tesco customers, including those in Falkirk, during the Tesco Food Collection.
“Right now, people near you are making impossible decisions between staying warm or buying food as food banks in our network face providing 7000 emergency food parcels to people in crisis every day this month. It’s not right that any of us are forced to a charity for the essentials, but we continue to be truly humbled by how much people are willing to give and so we thank you for your continued support while we work in the long term to build a future without the need for food banks.”
Claire de Silva, head of community at Tesco thanked all those who took part: “At this time more than ever, we are hugely grateful for the support of all our customers in Falkirk who have donated in store for making this the biggest collection of long-life food in our stores since the start of the pandemic. We know this will make a really significant difference to local people this winter.”
Food banks across the country have reported an increase in people seeking help during December.