Generous Tesco shoppers across Newton Abbot have been thanked after donating 1,897 meals to feed people in their communities amid this year’s Covid-19 pandemic.
During the annual Tesco Food Collection at the end of November, shoppers donated enough packets, tins and boxes to help the Trussell Trust and FareShare in their vital work.
An additional Tesco Food Collection held in the summer means that local shoppers donated many more meals through Tesco Food Collections this year. Tesco topped up all customer donations to the collection by 20%.
Tesco’s Head of Community Claire De Silva thanked those in Newton Abbot who supported the annual collection during what had been a particularly challenging year.
She added: “With most of the UK in lockdown holding the collection was always going to be a challenge, but once again we have been amazed by the generosity of our Newton Abbot customers – and the fact that we have now collected more than a million meals nationally is amazing.
“We know that every single can, jar or packet donated is helping someone who needs support this winter. We are immensely proud of the vital support our customers and colleagues have been able to give to the two charities in these very challenging times”
Holding the Tesco Food Collections, which ran for three days in large stores, is just one of a number of ways in which Tesco supports the two food charities. The supermarket has provided more than £60million in support to help the charities feed communities during the pandemic.
Phoebe Ruxton, Head of Development at FareShare South West, said: “This year has been so difficult for so many people and FareShare has seen demand for our food skyrocket. We continue to provide over two million meals per week to vulnerable communities across the UK, and 90% of the organisations we work with expect demand to remain the same as at peak crisis levels, or even increase through the winter.
“We are immensely grateful to every single person in Newton Abbot who donated food during this year’s Tesco Food Collection.”
During the initial lockdown Tesco donated £15million of food, split between the two charities. The supermarket has announced a further £4million of food for FareShare in recent months and donates two million meals a month of surplus food via the charity.
This year’s collection was held on November 19-21 amid the lockdown in England, with both charities facing an exceptional need for supplies. Food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network are expected to provide a food parcel every nine seconds this winter, while FareShare is supplying more than double the food that it did before the pandemic to 11,000 frontline charities and community groups feeding people across the UK.
Trussell Trust CEO Emma Revie said: “Throughout 2020, communities across the UK have stepped in to provide vital support to people left without enough money for the basics. And we have been truly humbled to see how much people are willing to give to food banks in our network as they face their busiest winter ever.
“It’s not right that any of us are forced to a charity for food but thanks to the incredible compassion and generosity of Tesco customers during the Tesco Food Collection, food banks in our network are able to continue to provide the lifeline of emergency support for local people in crisis this winter, while we work in the long term to build a hunger-free future.”
Shoppers who were unable to donate in store during the Tesco Food Collection can still show their support for the two charities by donating Tesco Clubcard vouchers or money. More details are available at https://www.tesco.com/zones/supporting-charities-and-communities
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