Thousands of meals donated by Salisbury shoppers

Thousands of meals donated by Salisbury shoppers

Published by Mike Draper at 5:57am 23rd December 2019. (Updated at 6:10am 23rd December 2019)

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The Tesco scheme has been collecting for produce for the Trussell Trust's foodbank this Christmas

New figures show that Salisbury shoppers donated 4,271 meals as part of the overall total of 2.5 million meals given to two charities, the Trussell Trust and FareShare by shoppers during last month's Tesco Food Collection.

  • The Tesco Food Collection ran in all its stores from November 21 to 23
  • The supermarket giant topped up the value of all the donations by an additional 20%

HELP FOR PEOPLE IN CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS 

The donations to food banks in the Trussell Trust network are being used to provide food parcels for people in crisis, while donations to FareShare go to charities and community groups such as homeless shelters and older people's lunch clubs who also receive surplus food from Tesco stores.

A table full of donated tins and packets of food for the Tesco Food Collection.
Salisbury shoppers donated 4,271 meals as part of the overall total of 2.5 million given to the Trussell Trust and FareShare.

The donations from the three-day collection are in addition to items donated by customers throughout 2019. In the year to October, more than 7 million meals were donated to food banks in the Trussell Trust's network at those in-store collection points.

A BIG THANK YOU!

Tesco Director Christine Heffernan said:

"On my visits to stores during the Collection I was taken aback by the generosity of our customers. I would like to thank all those who donated."

Trussell Trust Salisbury Foodbank Warehouse.
The Trussell Trust's Salisbury Foodbank Warehouse.

The Trussell Trust's Chief Executive Emma Revie said:

"Food banks up could not do what they do without the incredible support of the public and their loyal volunteers, who work tirelessly to help people when they need support the most. An emergency food parcel, listening ear and compassionate, practical advice at the food bank can make a real difference when someone is facing a crisis. Any donations help make that difference."

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said:

"We are hugely grateful to every single person who volunteered and donated items during this year's Tesco Food Collection - it was wonderful to see so many passionate people lending a hand to support us. All items donated by Tesco customers will be redistributed by FareShare to charities and community organisations and will help to ensure more people get a hot, nutritious meal."

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