A BIG thank you to everyone who donated in the latest Neighbourhood Food Collection!

13 Jul 2015

A big thank you to all our customers who contributed to the incredible 3.6 million meals donated during the sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection that took place this summer.

Tesco customer donating food

A big thank you to all our customers who contributed to the incredible 3.6 million meals donated during the sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection that took place this summer. This brings the total number of meals donated to people in need since the collections began in December 2012 to over 27.5 million.

This support would not have been possible without the generosity of our customers, the help of our charity partners and the efforts of fantastic volunteers from The Trussell Trust, FareShare, the British Red Cross and other organisations who joined Tesco colleagues in store – so thank you for making this summer’s collections such a huge success. Together we have already donated over six million meals this year and hope to provide many more!

Every single item of food donated makes a difference, and with Tesco adding an extra 30% to all donations, we can help feed even more people in need across the country.

A group of volunteers at Enfield store

This total donation figure includes food from local collections, Tesco’s 30% top-up, surplus food from dotcom distribution centres and also donations from in-store permanent collection points.

Donations to these points, which can be made day-in-day-out in 507 of our stores, have risen significantly in the first six months of 2015 to over 2.1 million meals – this is almost as much as 2014 combined and demonstrates the increasing generosity of our customers. To find your nearest permanent collection point, click here.

A donation point

As in previous food collections, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned fruit and vegetables, which were then redistributed to people in need via our charity partners, FareShare and The Trussell Trust. To see the full Trussell Trust #EveryCanHelps storify, click here.

Wembley Metro volunteers at work

The food collected will benefit a wide range of people in the UK who are in need of support and living in food poverty, some of whom are parents struggling with food costs due to lack of free school meals over the summer holiday. Food poverty continues to be a serious issue across the UK, with figures published by The Trussell Trust showing that the number of people helped by foodbanks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than those helped during the same period last year.

To find out more about the Neighbourhood Food Collection and how you can donate, please click here.