Shoppers asked to back annual food drive

The collection, which began on Thursday, will continue until Saturday.The collection, which began on Thursday, will continue until Saturday.
The collection, which began on Thursday, will continue until Saturday.
Generous Angus shoppers are being asked to back the UK’s biggest food drive this weekend as charities warn of an increasing need for food.

The 10th annual Tesco Food Collection, which takes place in every Tesco store from December 1 to 3, comes as charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare expect to provide food to 1.2million people in the UK this winter.

During the collection shoppers are being encouraged to donate long-life food items at Tesco stores, which donations will support food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network to provide emergency parcels to people in crisis as well as help FareShare to supplement fresh food donations to thousands of frontline charities.

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The items most needed will be highlighted in store, and shoppers at large stores will also be able to pick up pre-filled donation bags containing items that food banks and local charities have chosen

During the collection Tesco customers can also round up their bill at the till to make a small donation to the charities or donate Clubcard vouchers online, with Tesco matching their value.

Ken Murphy, Tesco CEO, said: “Our customers have been incredibly generous during our decade-long partnership with the charities and have helped to donate more than 100 million meals worth of food to date.

“This is going to be a difficult winter for food banks and charities and every can, packet or jar our customers donate to this weekend’s Tesco Food Collection will make a difference. We will top up all those donations with 20% in cash to support the charities.”

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Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, said that this year more than ever the campaign will be helping those who are most in need.

He said: “Ten years on, the Tesco Food Collection has never been more important. The ongoing cost of living crisis has forced millions of people into food insecurity.

“This event is crucial in helping to collect long-life food and we are immensely grateful to Tesco for their continued support which will help us to continue getting food where it is most needed. If you’re able to donate just one item at your local store, you’ll be helping to provide a meal for someone facing economic hardship this winter.” 

Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, added: “We are extremely grateful to Tesco for the invaluable support that they have provided to food banks across the UK over the last decade, said. Tesco and its customers are the biggest single source of food donations for the Trussell Trust’s network of food banks but our partnership has also offered far more than just food.

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“Now, at a time when food banks in Forfar are facing a tsunami of need created by the soaring cost of living, the support of Tesco and their customers is appreciated now more than ever before. We encourage anyone who is in a position to make a donation to visit a Tesco store across Forfar and take part in the Winter Collection, you’ll be helping keep food banks open this winter.”