Shop­pers end hunger at Christ­mas

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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

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