More than 12,000 meals do­nated to food bank

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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’

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