Tesco launches biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection

Today  (Saturday December 3) is the last chance to donate to Tesco’s its biggest ever Neighbourhood Food Collection, which has been running since Thursday.

Organised by the retailer with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare, the Neighbourhood Food Collection aims to provide at least five million meals to help feed people in need this winter.

Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection launched in 2012, the equivalent of more than 38 million meals have been donated to people in need by Tesco customers. The supermarket chain also tops up customer donations by 20%.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco said: “It’s so great to witness the generosity of our customers each time we hold a Neighbourhood Food Collection.

“That’s especially true at Christmas, when the Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase in demand for the support they provide people who are struggling to make ends meet.

“Together with the 20% top-up provided by Tesco, we’re hoping this collection will go on to help more people in need than ever before.” 

David McAuley, ceo of The Trussell Trust, said: “For families already managing tight budgets, winter is often the hardest time of year. Every December Trussell Trust foodbanks meet people who have been hit by something unavoidable, like redundancy or illness, and are facing Christmas unable to afford food.

“We’re very grateful for the donations of Tesco shoppers, colleagues and volunteers – your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.” 

Lindsay Boswell, ceo of FareShare, said: “The Neighbourhood Food Collection really helps us in our work to provide good food to thousands of amazing frontline organisations in the UK, which support people who are struggling to feed themselves.

“These organisations work tirelessly to provide life-changing support to people in need. Every single item of food donated will make a difference, so thank you to everyone involved in the Neighbourhood Food Collection.”

In addition to the Neighbourhood Food Collection, Tesco has over 600 permanent collection points across the UK where customers can donate food each week.

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