Help people in need: Tesco’s 2017 Food Collection is here

Tesco’s 10th Food Collection takes place in all stores across the UK this weekend, with Tesco topping up customer donations by 20% to help charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust feed even more people in need.

Tesco is inviting shoppers across the UK to help people in need this Christmas by donating long-life food to its Food Collection, which takes place in all Tesco stores from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December.

The Food Collection, now held annually ahead of Christmas, is part of the retailer’s ongoing work to support its partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust, which help a wide range of people across the UK.

Tesco’s support for its food charity partners has been a key part of this year’s Christmas campaign, which celebrates the many ways people come together at Christmas. Alongside the Food Collection and its ongoing surplus food redistribution scheme, the retailer is donating £1 for every fresh turkey sold to help people in need, and its second television advert shines a light on the difference food donations from Tesco can make.

Since the Food Collection began in 2012, more than 40 million meals have been donated by generous Tesco customers. 

Matt Davies, UK & ROI CEO at Tesco, said:

“I’m always amazed and humbled by the generosity of our customers at Christmas time with the support they give to our Food Collection.

"Last year, we provided more than 4 million meals worth of food to help people in need through our different schemes, and this year hope to provide even more support with extra little helps like donating £1 for every fresh turkey purchased at Tesco.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare, encouraged people to give to the collection:

“If you’re heading down to your local Tesco today please do remember to donate a can or packet to the food collection at the front of the store. For charities doing their best to feed some of the most vulnerable over the Christmas period, these donations make a huge difference.

"What’s more, Tesco will top-up your donation by 20% which enables our charity to help more and more people in need.”

Samantha Stapley, Operations Manager for The Trussell Trust, said:

“Trussell Trust foodbanks across the country will be doing all they can to provide emergency support so people don’t go hungry – but to make sure we’re prepared for what could be our busiest December yet, our network needs your support.

"During every Food Collection we’ve been humbled by the staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, and as we look to the start of the 10th collection, we would love to have your support once again. Your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

Notes to editors:

  • The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network uses the food donated to give emergency food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.
  • FareShare distributes donations to charities and community groups who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.
  • The Food Collection has been running in Express stores since 20 November.
  • In addition to the annual Food Collection, Tesco also has permanent collection points in 600 of its stores across the UK, enabling customers to donate all year round. 

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