On 3rd, 4th and 5th December all UK Tesco stores hosted a food collection for either a Trussell Trust foodbank or our partner charity, FareShare, to help stop UK hunger.
During this seventh Neighbourhood Food Collection, generous communities nationwide have provided food for a fantastic 3.7 million meals to help struggling individuals and families this Christmas. This now means that since the Neighbourhood Food Collection began in 2012, over 30 million meals have been collected.
David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said: “We want to say a massive thank you to all those who participated in this December’s Neighbourhood Food Collection. Christmas is a particularly stark time to face hunger. For families already managing on extremely tight budgets, increased winter fuel bills and the absence of free school meals can force people to make harsh choices between heating the home or feeding the family. We’ve met families who are all sleeping in one room to share warmth, schoolchildren too cold to sleep and elderly people down to their last tin of food. There are too many people struggling to afford fuel and food in the UK. The staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store staff and volunteers, will enable foodbanks UK wide to provide vital food and support to people who find themselves struggling, making this Christmas a little brighter for people in crisis.”
Tesco also top up customer donations by making a 30% financial contribution, meaning the collection has not only provided vital food for UK people experiencing crisis, but funds will help Trussell Trust foodbanks develop their services and provide important support beyond food.
We are thrilled that the UK’s largest supermarket shares our vision that no one should go hungry, and is working with FareShare and us to empower local communities and fight poverty.
With 13 million people in the UK living in relative poverty, #EveryCanHelps!
View some of the highlights from the three-day collection in the social media round-up here.