1 April 2020
Tesco has announced it will be donating £15 million worth of food to FareShare, Trussell Trust and independent food banks to help support charities tackling COVID-19.
“Our stores are at the heart of the communities we serve and as well as supporting our customers and colleagues, we want to help those who need it most, locally. We will significantly boost our food donations programme, to ensure food banks and community groups have the supplies they need; whilst giving extra resources to the British Red Cross and focus our Bags of Help scheme to deliver more community support where its most needed at this difficult time.”
Tesco Group CEO, Dave Lewis
Over the next 12 weeks, Tesco will provide food donations (ambient and fresh) to both FareShare and the Trussell Trust to distribute among community groups and food banks supporting people during the coronavirus pandemic.
The retailer currently donates £3 million worth of food every month through its Community Food Connection (CFC) scheme and distribution centres, and these additional donations comes at a vital time.
In addition, Tesco will donate £500,000 to FareShare to support continuing operations during this time.
The announcement comes as Tesco confirms a total £30 million package of support to local communities across the UK and Northern Ireland.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, said: “As the coronavirus crisis continues, we are so very thankful to our longstanding partner, Tesco for their generous support. We know that many of the frontline charities we work with are continuing to provide vital support in their communities, and so the combination of funding and unprecedented food donations from Tesco will allow us to ensure they have a consistent supply of food during this difficult time.”
Tesco has opened up its Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund to support as many groups as possible with grants of £500. The process is managed through Tesco partner charity Groundwork’s website and any groups that would benefit from this funding are encouraged to apply.
Stores also have access to more than £1 million of funding so they can support causes in their local area.