by Benson Agoha | Woolwich
Kind-hearted customers of Tesco Supermarkets donated more than 3.6m meals to supported less able families, according to the High Street grocer.
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In a news updated today, Tesco said Over 3.6 million meals were donated during its recent Neighbourhood Food Collection , done in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust.
The figure represented a Significant rise in the number of donations from in-store permanent collection points from January to July 2015.
Tesco said more than 27.5 million meals have been provided to people in need since Neighbourhood Food Collection began.
Tesco said the figure is an increase of 13% compared to last summer’s collection and that the the food will be redistributed to people in need through charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust. Tesco will add an extra 30% to all customer donations.
Rebecca Shelley, Group Communications Director for Tesco, said: “The response from our customers, colleagues and volunteers has been incredible and it’s thanks to them that our sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection has gone so well. It’s inspiring that our customers are so generous and give so much to help people in food poverty.”
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Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “Yet again we have been blown away by everyone’s generosity. We are very grateful to Tesco and their colleagues for hosting the event, our amazing volunteers and partner organisations across the country who selflessly gave up their time to help collect food donations to the great British public who responded so generously to the call for action."
"The food will now be redistributed to over 1,923 charities and community projects supported by FareShare, including play schemes supporting children and families over the holidays. The donations from this Neighbourhood Food Collection will make a huge difference to these organisations’ ability to not only serve nutritious meals for people in need but also to provide additional support to help people back on their feet. Thank you!”
David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said: “We are truly grateful for the amazing effort by Tesco store staff, customers, volunteers and foodbanks in this year’s summer Neighbourhood Food Collection. The donations will make a huge difference to foodbanks’ ability to not only provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food to people in need but also additional support to tackle the root causes of poverty. It is timely given the additional pressure on families of providing lunch time meals and child care during the summer school holiday months."
“I would like to say a special thank you to everyone at Tesco who help make this event such a success. Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection inception in the summer of 2012 Tesco customers have donated over 27 million meals to help feed people in crisis.”