Generous Tesco shoppers in London have been thanked after donating more than 86,000 meals worth of food to help charities feed people during the Christmas and winter months.
During the bi-annual Tesco Food Collection, which ran in all Tesco stores in the UK from 18 to 20 November, customers were asked to donate long-lived food to support FareShare and the Trussell Trust.
Stores across the UK reported that customers had given the highest number of food donations in support of local charities since the start of the pandemic, and they had delivered 1.57 million meals during the campaign, with London shoppers donating 86,455 meals.
The donations will help food banks in the Trussell Trust network deliver emergency packages and help FareShare deliver thousands of front-line charities. Tesco has once again supplemented all customer donations with a 20% cash donation to the two charities to support them in their work of feeding people in communities across the UK.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said customers’ donations would make a huge difference to the charitable causes they provided.
“The food collection is so important to FareShare because donations of long-lived items mean we are able to compliment the fresh food we receive year-round from Tesco with staples like rice, canned vegetables and tea and coffee,” he said. .
“Thank you to every single Tesco customer who donated to the food collection this year – your generous donations will help us continue to support local charities and community groups that help feed people in need this winter.”
Emma Revie, CEO of Trussell Trust, said the donations would help provide food for people facing impossible decisions this Christmas.
“Throughout 2021, communities across the UK have intervened to provide vital support to people in food banks, left without enough money for the essentials,” she said. “This emergency lifeline is only possible because of the incredible compassion and generosity of Tesco customers, including those in London, during the Tesco Food Collection.
“Right now, people near you are making impossible decisions between staying warm or buying food, as food banks in our network are faced with delivering 7,000 relief packages to people in crisis every day this month. It’s not okay, that some of us are forced into a charity essentially, but we remain truly humbled by how much people are willing to give, and therefore we thank you for your continued support as we work long term to build a future without the need for food banks. ”
Claire de Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, thanked all those who took part: “At this time, more than ever, we are extremely grateful for the support of all our customers in London, who have donated in the store to make this the biggest “collection of long-life food in our stores since the start of the pandemic. We know this will make a really significant difference for the locals this winter.”