Shoppers in West Leeds are being urged to donate to the UK’s biggest food collection to help people in crisis amid the Covid-19 pandemic this Christmas.
The Tesco Food Collection comes as Trussell Trust food banks and community groups across the UK who get food from FareShare face an unprecedented need for supplies.
The collection launched this week in Tesco Express stores in Stanningley Road, Burley Road and Half Mile Lane (November 16) and in large stores like Bramley from today (Thursday, November 19). Customers have until the evening of Saturday, November 21 to donate long-life food in store.
Last year generous shoppers donated more than 3million meals-worth of food during the collection. Tesco will once again be topping up the value of donations with an additional 20% in cash.
“Every year Tesco customers across Yorkshire are incredibly generous,” said Tesco’s Head of Community Claire De Silva. “But this year is not a normal year, and the two charities we work with need to provide more food than ever this Christmas.
“A single tin of tuna or vegetables may not seem like much to give, but if enough people make a small donation then together those donations can make a really big difference to people who need our help this winter.
“Tesco will top up the value of every tin, packet or carton given with an extra 20% in cash, helping food banks across the UK to keep the lights on this Christmas and FareShare vans to deliver food to people who really need it.”
The Trussell Trust’s network of food banks is expected to give out six emergency food parcels to people in crisis every minute this winter.
Food donated to FareShare goes to help some of the 11,000 charities and community groups who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.
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