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Volunteers needed more than ever at milestone food donation weekend

24 May 2022

People are being urged to support the UK’s biggest food donation event to collect food for FareShare this summer.

“We would be hugely grateful to anyone who is able to volunteer at the Tesco Food Collection this summer to encourage more shoppers to donate much-needed food to FareShare, so we can continue to support those who need it most.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare

FareShare and the Trussell Trust are marking 10 years of working in partnership with Tesco to collect food donations in its supermarkets, and with both charities reporting increasing need for emergency food, donations have never been more important.

The two charities have put a call out for volunteers to help out at collection points in stores during the Tesco Food Collection, which takes place at the supermarket’s bigger stores from Thursday 30 June to Saturday 2 July.

During the collection, volunteers will ask to donate long-life food to help FareShare in supporting thousands of frontline charities and community groups across the UK and food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network provide emergency food parcels to people facing financial hardship.

Tesco will top up all the food donated during the collection with an additional 20% cash donation to the charities to support them in their work.

Every can or packet donated will make a difference, with more than 75% of the charity and community groups supplied by FareShare reporting an increase in demand and the Trussell Trust’s network of food bank centres across the UK reporting a 14% increase in emergency food parcels handed out to people facing financial hardship.

Trussell Trust CEO, Emma Revie, said: “As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, millions of people across the country are struggling to survive. We know that too many families will be forced to use a food bank over the coming months because they are unable to afford the essentials,” she said.

“Supporting the Tesco Food Collection this summer by volunteering could make all the difference to your local food bank during this busy period. You could donate a couple of hours of time and volunteer during the collection or alternatively, you could donate food to your local Tesco donation point. Please do get in touch to hear about volunteering opportunities.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, added: “The cost-of-living crisis is having a huge impact on thousands of families across the UK and our charities are telling us that demand for their services continues to grow as a result.

“That’s why the Tesco Summer Food Collection is so important. We would be hugely grateful to anyone who is able to volunteer at the Tesco Food Collection this summer to encourage more shoppers to donate much-needed food to FareShare, so we can continue to support those who need it most.”

Find out more about the collection and sign up to volunteer for FareShare by visiting: https://fareshare.org.uk/foodcollection/