Tesco support of FareShare shows that every little helps

31 December 2020

In a year like no other, we are so thankful to Tesco for all of the support they have given FareShare in 2020.

As the lockdown began, Tesco announced a £15 million package of food to FareShare, Trussell Trust and independent food banks – a donation which resulted in the equivalent of 4.5 million meals being received into the FareShare network.

In October, Tesco also announced a further £4 million of support for FareShare. The generous donation has so far been used to purchase high quality cheese and meats, with a mixture of ambient food, and we will continue to purchase further food in the New Year.

These additional donations from Tesco will help FareShare continue providing food to frontline organisations feeding those in need across the UK.

To further support FareShare, Tesco ran an extra food collection in August 2020, in addition to its annual Christmas collection. With the challenge of covid-safe measures in place and to ensure the safety of customers and Tesco colleagues in store, there were no volunteers at either collection this year meaning we had to look at alternative ways to increase awareness and encourage customer donations.

People that would normally have volunteered in-store were encouraged to support the collection on social media and incredible Tesco store colleagues went above and beyond to encourage shoppers to donate an item. A huge amount of work went into making both collections a success, from the project team that coordinated both events, to the wonderful Tesco Distribution Centre team that sorted and delivered the food to our depots.

Generous Tesco customers donated the equivalent of 675,000 meals to FareShare and items such as tinned meat and fish, tea bags and coffee, long-life milk and pasta have been welcomed into our warehouses. The food generated by the Tesco Food Collection is highly valued by the FareShare network as it allows them to offer varied and high quality ambient food to charities and community groups helping to feed people in need.

For the first time ever, Tesco also provided its customers with the option to send Clubcard points to FareShare and over £30,000 has been donated so far through this function. This option to donate was due to finish at the end of 2020 but, as this donation function has proven popular, Tesco has extended the duration of this indefinitely.

Through FareShare Go, Tesco has also provided the equivalent of more than 60 million surplus meals to charities and community groups across the UK. Every Tesco store in the UK participates in the scheme and each month more than 1.5 million meals of food is collected by organisations helping to feed the most vulnerable people in their communities.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “We are extremely grateful to our longstanding partner, Tesco, for the immense amount of support they have given FareShare throughout 2020. This year has been really tough for so many people and the network of charities and community groups we support have struggled to meet the increased need of people in their area.

“I also want to thank all Tesco colleagues – from their head office, in-store and distribution centres – and Tesco customers for helping to make both Tesco Food Collections a success this year.

“The additional food donated to us by Tesco and through the Food Collections, as well as donations via the Clubcard, will make a huge difference to so many people’s lives during the tough winter months ahead.”