The Trussell Trust has worked in partnership with Tesco since 2012 and we are proud of everything that we have collectively achieved over the last decade.
Together with food redistribution charity FareShare, we are working to build stronger communities across the UK. Our partnership with Tesco is the single biggest source of donated food in our network, and we know that many food banks across the UK could not continue to provide emergency food parcels to people facing hardship without Tesco’s support.
In 2022, we are recognising our 10-year anniversary together and looking back over the incredible impact our partnership has had in this time.
Tesco colleagues and customers generously support the work of the Trussell Trust in a number of ways. These include:
- Supporting food banks to meet immediate need, through permanent collection points located in more than 500 Tesco stores, and 535 Express Stores.
- Helping food banks to cover the costs of practical support and advice services through a 20% Top Up financial donation from Tesco which complements customers’ donations in store.
- Boosting the provision of emergency food parcels at busy times of year, through annual food collections in store.
Tesco Food Collection
Tesco Food Collection events take place twice a year, once in summer and another in the run up to Christmas, across hundreds of Tesco stores. The events involve a co-ordinated effort between Tesco, the Trussell Trust and FareShare to support people facing hardship in local communities, with volunteers greeting customers in store and encouraging them to add an item or two to their shop.
“The Tesco collection day is really special. You get hit by a wave of generosity and humanity throughout the day.” Bruce Gardiner-Crehan, South Belfast Foodbank
The Food Collection is invaluable to food banks as not only does it provide additional food items for them to distribute but it also provides an opportunity for them to recruit new volunteers, make new clients aware of the support they provide and explain their work to a wider audience which often leads to more people becoming supporters and long-term donors.
Tesco customers can also support the Trussell Trust by donating their Clubcard points, with 100% of the cash value donated to the Trussell Trust. Donate your Clubcard points.
As a leading retailer, with 440,000 colleagues, Tesco serves millions of customers worldwide every week, in stores and online. Their operations in the UK are the largest within the Group, with over 3400 stores and over 310,000 colleagues.