Posted 30th June 2014 by Alaina Wong
Food poverty is a growing concern in the UK, with increasing amounts of people struggling to feed themselves. Up to 5.8 million people in the country are thought to be in deep poverty, which has led Tesco to organise the UK’s biggest food collection.
Tesco has on-going relationships with several charities, providing year-round donations, but this July they’re making a special effort with their fourth Neighbourhood Food Collection. This gives everyone a chance to donate, and Tesco will top up everything collected by an extra 30%.
- The Trussell Trust is a foodbank charity which has helped over 900,000 people since last Easter by providing food and support to people in crisis. When mum of two Suzanne Harkins was made redundant while heavily pregnant, she and her husband were forced to skip meals to feed their children, the foodbank helped them out. “The emotional support we received was almost as good as the food” says Suzanne.
- FareShare redistributes surplus food to charity and community groups all over the country. In 2013 it helped nearly 1,300 different groups and fed 62,200 people every day. The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey, Manchester, is one of the groups benefitting, providing healthy, freshly-made meals for young people for £1 a go by using surplus food from Tesco. “FareShare is great as it keeps costs down” says catering manager Rick Bissell. “The fruit from FareShare is always really popular; people think young people don’t like fruit but they do, they just don’t always have access to it.”
How you can get involved
From Thursday 3 July to Saturday 5 July, every Tesco store in the UK will be participating in the fourth Neighbourhood Food Collection.
In all Tesco Extra, Superstores and Metros, there will be collection points manned by volunteers – they’ll have shopping lists of items that are needed by the charities. Just add these to your shop, and when you’re finished, donate your selected items.
In Tesco Express stores, there will be a collection point with shopping lists, where your donated items can be left.
Online customers can support the collection by donating money directly to the Trussell Trust and FareShare. To donate and for more information please visit tesco.com/foodcollection.
Help beyond July
All surplus food from Tesco.com and fresh food distribution centres are donated to FareShare, which works out to about seven million meals per year.
Over 350 Tesco stores have permanent food collection points for Trussell Trust foodbanks. All donations are topped up by 30% by Tesco.
In addition to two Neighbourhood Food Collections per year, Tesco works with both charities to provide food on a sustainable basis.