Back­ing for drive

MP and MSP support store’s cam­paign

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rutherglen Rep - Kenny Smith

Ruther­glen’s MP and MSP have done their bit to support those in need.

Tesco’s Na­tional Food Col­lec­tion held in con­junc­tion with the Trus­sell Trust and Fareshare at the Ruther­glen Tesco Ex­tra store is aim­ing to break records this year and pro­vide even more peo­ple with food and support.

Ruther­glen’s Labour MP Tom Greatrex and MSP James Kelly were thanked by Fareshare and Tesco for get­ting be­hind the cam­paign and en­cour­ag­ing shop­pers to make a do­na­tion on their visit.

Since the first food col­lec­tion was held in De­cem­ber 2012, com­bined with new per­ma­nent col­lec­tion points in over 350 stores, to­gether 15.3 mil­lion meals have been do­nated to help feed peo­ple in need across the UK.

Speak­ing for Tesco, com­mu­nity di­rec­tor Greg Sage said: “It’s en­cour­ag­ing that peo­ple still think food poverty is a se­ri­ous is­sue that needs to be tack­led, and so many have do­nated to food banks as a re­sult.

“This is our fifth neigh­bour­hood food col­lec­tion, and it’s hugely im­por­tant that we dig deep and do what we can to help peo­ple who are in need this Christ­mas. This year we want to break records and pro­vide more meals for peo­ple in need than ever be­fore.”

Ruther­glen’s MSP James Kelly MSP added: “The vol­un­teers at The Trus­sell Trust make a very im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to lives of fam­i­lies in our com­mu­ni­ties strug­gling to feed them­selves and I am al­ways happy to lend a hand when­ever I can.

“I am clear that food­banks are un­ac­cept­able in a coun­try as pros­per­ous as ours, but the work of lo­cal vol­un­teers is in­spir­ing. While their ef­forts should not be nec­es­sary I know that they are greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by those in need, par­tic­u­larly in the run up to the fes­tive pe­riod.

“I thor­oughly en­joyed meet­ing with lo­cal vol­un­teers at the Tesco store in Ruther­glen and en­cour­age lo­cal peo­ple to be as gen­er­ous as they can with do­na­tions.”

Tom Greatrex MP added: “I know from pre­vi­ous years when I have met staff and vol­un­teers in­volved in col­lec­tions at lo­cal su­per­mar­kets, in­clud­ing at Tesco’s Na­tional Food Col­lec­tion, cus­tomers have re­sponded very gen­er­ously – and this week long col­lec­tion has been no ex­cep­tion.

“In a week when there has been a lot of cov­er­age of dis­tur­bance at Black Fri­day su­per­mar­ket events, the scale of do­na­tions here is a much bet­ter re­flec­tion of the at­ti­tude and gen­eros­ity of peo­ple in Ruther­glen.

“Whilst it is a sad re­flec­tion of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion that food col­lec­tions such as th­ese are even re­quired, the en­thu­si­asm with which the Tesco Ruther­glen team have or­gan­ised their fifth col­lec­tion, and the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal cus­tomers, is truly re­mark­able.”

Boost Tom Greatrex MP (left) and James Kelly MSP (right) sup­ported Tesco’s lat­est food drive

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