We have enjoyed a positive relationship with Tesco for more than six years and together we have assisted over a million individuals who have faced crisis in that time.
With Tesco we empower local communities, enabling people to donate food – ensuring that the vast majority of foodbanks have access to regular food supplies through the Permanent Collection Points that are located in 600 Tesco stores.
We are thrilled that the UK’s largest supermarket shares our vision that no-one should go hungry, and we are working together with Tesco and food redistribution charity FareShare to make a positive difference in our local communities.
The Food Collection
In addition to the Permanent Collection Points in hundreds of Tesco stores, and ad-hoc collections at stores throughout the year, we also work with Tesco and FareShare on an annual Food Collection in the run-up to Christmas. This provides much-needed food and funds for local foodbanks at a critical time of year. The Food Collection is great fun for volunteers and Tesco employees alike, and since its inception in 2012, Tesco customers have donated more than 49 million meals.
Tesco’s top up donations
Tesco tops up its customers’ food donations with a financial donation of 20% of the value of the items donated. We redistribute around 85% of this to our foodbanks, supporting them to provide emergency food and to work with people in crisis to break the cycle of poverty.
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.