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Tesco shoppers can now donate to FareShare in more than 290 stores in the UK

6 April 2021

Shoppers at every large Tesco store in the UK can now donate food items to help people in their local community.

“We know that our customers want to help and by installing the new donation points it means all our customers can now easily donate food year-round.”

Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community

Tesco is installing more than 250 new food donation points across the UK so that customers can now donate to groups supported by FareShare or foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network at all of its Superstores and Tesco Extra stores throughout the country.

The additional donation points mean that shoppers can drop off donations of long-life food whenever they are in store, with Tesco topping up customer donations with an additional 20 per cent in cash.

The customer donations will help the FareShare to support more people in local communities, with regular donations needed more than ever due to the extra pressure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tesco previously had food donation points at more than 500 stores, but with the installation of new units it will now have a donation point for either FareShare or a Trussell Trust food bank at every one of its 800-plus large stores in the UK.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “Tesco is really leading the way by enabling their customers to donate food to local vulnerable communities via collection points in their stores. By introducing even more Permanent Collection Points for FareShare in stores across the UK, there are more opportunities for Tesco customers to make a donation of a food item where they are able to. In the last year, generous Tesco customers donated the equivalent of one million meals to FareShare, and I’d like to thank every single person for their support.

 “The store cupboard essential items donated through the collection points, such as tinned meat, fish and pasta, are always needed. Those donations mean that we have a consistent supply of food, which we have been able to redistribute to our network of charities and community organisations supporting those most in need.”

Tesco’s Head of Community Claire de Silva said: “Covid-19 has placed huge demands on food charities. FareShare has been supporting 12,000 frontline charity and community groups, while food banks in the Trussell Trust network provided a record 1.2 million food parcels during the first six months of the pandemic.

“We know that our customers want to help and by installing the new donation points it means all our customers can now easily donate food year-round.”

Shoppers who are unable to make food donations in store can give support to FareShare by other means - donate Tesco Clubcard points to FareShare through the Clubcard website, or donate directly via FareShare’s donation page.