Nearly 3 million meals donated for people in need!

15 July 2016

The results are in! We can now reveal that together you donated a mammoth 2.8 million meals for people in need during the Neighbourhood Food Collection. Every one of those meals will make a difference to someone struggling to afford to eat, so we want to say thank you 2.8 million times.

20160701_fareshare_070A shopper donates in Tesco in Wood Green. 

The Collection, which secures vital food for FareShare and partner charity the Trussell Trust, took place in all Tesco stores from 30 June–2 July 2016. This summer’s Collection brings the total number of meals collected to more than 36 million since the Neighbourhood Food Collection began in 2012. Tesco tops up all donations made by 20%, enabling FareShare and Trusell Trust to expand our networks and reach even more people in need.

“The most touching thing was that a few school children used some of their lunch money to donate a can of beans.”

From our volunteers collecting food in store to our CEO,  we’ve all been blown away by shoppers generosity. One volunteer told us  “Meeting people who donated food because they themselves had been helped by food banks – I found that very humbling and emotional.”

20160701_fareshare_122A trolley fills up with donations outside Tesco in Wood Green.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said “This summer’s Neighbourhood Food Collection clearly captured the hearts of generous public shoppers and it has also helped to raise awareness of the hunger affecting millions of vulnerable people across the UK. The 2.8 million  meals donated by the public means that FareShare can provide much-valued store cupboard essentials to nearly 2,500 charities and community groups, helping them to feed even more people in need, this summer and beyond”.

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are truly appreciative of the continued generosity our customers have shown for the Neighbourhood Food Collection in their communities. We believe that no one should go hungry and the food donated will play a vital role in helping feed many people in need. We want to thank our colleagues and all the fantastic volunteers whose support and dedication made the collection possible.”

Read stories from some of the charities that donations from the Neighbourhood Food Collection will be supporting