Tesco shoppers gave biggest ever help to food banks and charities in 2022
Tesco has revealed that its shoppers were more generous than ever in 2022 in their support of foodbanks and local charities.
Food donations totalling the equivalent of 12.5 million meals were provided by Tesco customers to the Trussell Trust and FareShare despite the impact of the cost of living crisis. This included more than 2.4 million meals being donated during the Tesco Food Collection at the beginning of December.
While donations to the Trussell Trust helped food banks to provide emergency food parcels to people in crisis, donations to FareShare supported thousands of frontline local charities in communities across the country. Tesco also topped up all customer donations during the collection by 20% in cash to support the two charities with their operating costs and to ensure the food got to where it was most needed.
Tesco UK and Northern Ireland chief executive Jason Tarry said: “Our customers have always amazed us with their generosity, this year more than ever,” he said. “We know that household budgets are very stretched, but our customers have been incredible. We had people donating whole trollies of food at our recent Tesco Food Collection, and it is genuinely heart-warming to see so much kindness. The fact that we now have collection points in every store has made it easier than ever for customers to donate, and those donations are really needed.”
The pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection also saw customers donate more than £382,000 to the charities by rounding up their bills at the till, donate £133,000 through a link from Tesco’s online groceries website, and give more than £19,000 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers, which Tesco matched. A further £20,000 was donated to the charities as a result of Tesco’s Give Back Express pop-up shop in London.
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