Tesco reports record breaking food donations
Tesco customers have donated a record number of meals during the fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection.
Some 4.7 million meals were donated by Tesco customers to be split between charity partners FareShare and Trussell Trust.
The full total of meals donated to benefit those living in food poverty since December 2012 now stands at 21.5 million, weighing in at over 9,000 tons. This includes permanent and local collections plus surplus food provisions.
During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned vegetables and fruit. Volunteers from the Trussell Trust, FareShare, Rotary Club, BT and the British Red Cross joined Tesco staff in store to collect donations from customers. Tesco also provided a 30% top up to the charities on all food donated.
Greg Sage, community director for Tesco, said: “The response from our customers, colleagues and volunteers has been incredible and it’s thanks to them that our fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection has broken records. I’d like to thank everyone who took part – they are the ones who made it all happen. It’s really encouraging that people across the UK see Food Poverty as an important issue and continue to provide for those in need.”
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