Shoppers end hunger at Christmas
Thousands of meals were provided to people in need this Christmas thanks to customer donations at Tesco stores across Lanarkshire.
Generous customers donated more than 25,000 meals for food charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust during the Tesco Food Collection, which ran in stores from November 29 to December 1.
Customers were asked to donate long-life items to help people in need as part of their usual shop – and they were more generous than ever with an increase on the previous year’s collection.
In 2018 across the UK a total of 3.5 million meals were donated to the charities, with the overall total since the Tesco Food Collection scheme began in 2012 52 million.
The two charities, FareShare and The Trussell Trust, see an increase in the need for donations at this time of year.
The food donated to food banks in The Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. Food donated to FareShare is distributed to charities and community groups who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.
To help the charities in their work, Tesco has once again topped up the value of the customer donations by 20 per cent, providing the two charities with funding to run the foodbanks and distribute the food to those in need.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare thanked Tesco customers for their generosity.
He said: “The food donated at the Tesco Food Collection makes a tremendous difference to the thousands of charities and community groups that FareShare supports.
“Thanks to the generosity of Tesco shoppers over the festive season, we have enough long-life food to provide meals to those helping people in need across the UK.
“We’d like to thank everyone who donated, as well as all the volunteers who made the store collections such a success.”
Emma Revie, chief executive at The Trussell Trust, said: “Our food bank network has spent the last month making sure that people referred to them with no money for food didn’t go hungry at Christmas.
“This work has been made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers during the food collection.”
Generous Tesco’s Lanarkshire shoppers donated a record number of meals