The collection provides essential lifelines for people in need over the festive period and will be redistributed through charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust. For many people in food poverty, food is just the first step in helping them access other services and support which can help get their lives back on track, so the potential impact of a food donation cannot be underestimated.
The food donated by Tesco customers over these three days equates to more than 3.7 million meals, which will be split between charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust. This collection takes the total number of meals raised for people in need since the Neighbourhood Food Collection began in 2012 past the 30 million mark.
Tesco will add an extra 30% to all customer donations in the form of financial support to the two charities, helping them expand their network and reach more people in need.
During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned goods such as fish, fruit and vegetables. Volunteers from The Trussell Trust and FareShare joined Tesco colleagues in store over the course of the three days to collect donations from customers.