How you can help Tesco and charity partners in Northamptonshire with huge food collection for Christmas

The supermarket is appealing for volunteers to spare some time in November to help with the collection

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 11:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 11:05 am

Local volunteers are being sought to help out with a supermarket's huge food collection in the lead up to Christmas.

Tesco is joining forces with The Trussell Trust and FareShare in the lead up to Christmas to ensure those who need it most have food to eat during the festive period.

From November 19 until November 21, volunteers will be collecting food in Tesco stores across the county, including in Northamptonshire, which will then be distributed to food banks via the charities.

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Volunteers are needed to encourage customers to donated long lasting food.

FareShare’s development manager, Laura Spencer, said: “We know that many people have already fallen victim to the economic impact of the pandemic and thousands more are at risk of losing their jobs and livelihoods.

“We have seen a huge increase in people turning to their local grassroots community groups for support and demand for food is more than double pre-pandemic levels.

“We would be hugely grateful to anyone who is able to volunteer this year to encourage more shoppers to donate much needed ambient food to those who need it most.”

During the collection customers are encouraged to donate long-life food to help food banks and community groups support people this Christmas.

Tesco will then top up customer donations by 20 percent in cash to aid the two charities in their work.

The Trussell Trust is also looking for social media volunteers to share shopping lists to encourage people to donate.

Andrew Cleaver, Trussell Trust’s regional manager, added: “As we look to the one of the busiest times of the year for food banks in our network, we would be so grateful if people can share shopping lists of their local food bank’s most-needed items on their social media to encourage friends and family to donate.

“Together we can make a difference and ensure that food banks are able to help people in crisis this winter.”

Last year, three million meals were collected as part of the Tesco Food Collection, and since its launch in 2012, more than 76 million meals have been donated to the two charities by customers.

Anyone interested in volunteering can find out more and sign up on the FareShare website.

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