Tesco makes it easier to donate to food banks

Tesco unveils new ways to support local food banks and charities.

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Tesco is making it simpler than ever for customers to donate money to organisations that feed people in their neighbourhood.

From Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2, customers will be invited to contribute long-life food to help local food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network and thousands of frontline charities supported by FareShare. The Tesco Food Collection is taking place in every big Tesco store around the UK.

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Tesco will add an additional 20% cash donation to any food donations made during the collection to benefit the two organisations.

Customers may now round up their purchases at the register to give a little gift to both organisations, making it even simpler for them to give.

Additionally, some stores will provide pre-filled donation bags containing some of the products that are most in need.

More permanent donation stations are now available in every Tesco Express store in the UK, making it possible for consumers to help charities at Express stores all year long. This makes it easier than ever for customers who purchase at Express stores to do so.

Additionally, customers may contribute their Tesco Clubcard coupons online to either charity.

A Trussell Trust foodbank.
A Trussell Trust foodbank. Photo credit: Trussell Trust.

Commenting, Tesco Head of Community Claire de Silva said: “This collection marks ten years of us working with the Trussell Trust and FareShare.

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“During that decade our customers have been amazingly generous, donating more than 100 million meals during our food collections and at permanent collection points in Tesco stores, but we wanted to make it even easier for customers to donate this summer as we know that every can donated really does help.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “Our charities are telling us that the need for food has vastly increased as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, and over the last year we’ve continued to deliver four meals every second to people facing food insecurity across the UK.

“That’s why we would be immensely grateful to anyone who is able to donate a bag of pasta or tin of vegetables over the Tesco Food Collection weekend – your generous donations will help us continue providing vital support to families struggling to cope this summer.

Danni Malone, Director of Network Programmes and Innovation at the Trussell Trust added: “Every year, we are amazed by the generosity of Tesco customers who donate to the Food Collection.

“We know that many families on the very lowest incomes have been forced to the doors of food banks to get by, as the nation faces a rapid rise in the cost of living and continues to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.

“So, once again, we are calling on shoppers to give generously and make a difference to people who need our support over the coming weeks and months.”

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