Tesco customers donate millions of meals this Christmas

28th December 2017

Volunteer Deborah accepting donations from Tesco customer

An amazing three million meals were collected for FareShare and The Trussell Trust during the Food Collection that ran in Tesco stores this Christmas.

Both our charities see an increase in the need for donations at this time of year. The food donated to foodbanks in The Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency parcels for individuals and their families. Food donated to FareShare is distributed to community groups such as homeless shelters or lunch clubs who provide meals for people in need.

Supermarket shoppers were asked to donate long-life items to help people in need as part of their usual shop. What’s more Tesco is topping up the value of the customer donations by 20%, funding us to distribute more food to more people in need.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare thanked Tesco customers for their generosity: “The food donated at the Tesco Food Collection will make a tremendous difference to the thousands of charities and community groups that FareShare supports,” he said. “These groups are doing amazing work with some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We’d like to thank everyone who donated, as well as all the volunteers who made the store collections such a success.”

Tesco’s Head of Community Alec Brown said: “Year upon year we are taken aback by the generosity of customers who give to the Food Collection in our stores the length and breadth of the UK. We know that this annual collection makes a real difference to the charities we work with, and I would like to thank everyone who has donated, volunteered or helped with the Food Collection in store. For our part, we are topping up the value of all the donations by 20% and I am proud that together with our customers and charity partners we have been able to feed so many people in need this Christmas.”

“…I am proud that, together with our customers and charity partners, we have been able to feed so many people in need this Christmas”

Alec Brown, Tesco Head of Community

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