More than 12,000 meals donated to food bank
SUPERMARKET shoppers have donated more than 12,000 meals to make sure people don’t go without this Christmas.
Oldhamers answered the plea from Tesco to make donations to their neighbourhood food collection.
They also came in their droves to support our food appeal for Oldham Food Bank.
The Advertiser has teamed up with the food bank, which is run by the Trussell Trust, to make sure families facing desperate times this Christmas get help.
It distributes around three tons of food every month to needy families across the borough.
As well as appealing for essentials such as milk, sugar, tea and pasta, the food bank is hoping people will also donate Christmas treats.
Food bank manager Andrew Barr said: “The response we’ve had has been absolutely fantastic.
“We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from businesses and individuals.
“We’ve had a
lot of donations including 100 selection boxes of chocolates from Hulme Grammar School and 600 kilos of food from the council.”
The Royton Roadrunners also dropped off more than £100 worth of food and chocolate.
Across Oldham’s five Tesco stores a total of 12,310 meals were given to charity.
The food will now be split between food charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust.
Greg Sage, community director at Tesco, said: “The response from our customers, colleagues and volunteers has been incredible and it’s thanks to them that our fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection has broken records.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part – they are the ones who made it all happen.
“It’s really encouraging that people across the UK see food poverty as an important issue and continue to provide for those in need.”
Across the country more than 9,000 tons of food has been collected for both charities.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “We at FareShare have been blown away by the generosity of people donating in Tesco stores.
“The total amount of food collected this time has been staggering and surpassed all expectations.”
David McAuley, Trussell Trust chief executive, added: “This year, we’re seeing more people living on a financial knife edge where any small crisis can cause them to go hungry.
“Thanks to incredible public kindness, many people who would’ve been forced to make tough choices between eating and heating will receive emergency food this winter.”
Donations are still being collected at the Oldham Food Bank, on Clegg Street, from 11am to 2pm next Tuesday and Wednesday
‘The response we’ve had has been absolutely fantastic’