Volunteers needed in Northamptonshire for Christmas food collection at Tesco supermarkets
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People in Northamptonshire are needed by two charities providing food to people hit by the coronavirus pandemic for the UK’s biggest collection this Christmas.
The Trussell Trust, which runs food banks across the country, is looking for volunteers to share shopping lists on social media and anti-food waste charity FareShare is looking for people to run in-store donation points.
FareShare’s East Midlands 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.”
The need for food to help the food banks and community groups which the two charities support is more vital than ever this year given the pressures caused by Covid-19.
During the collection, customers are encouraged to donate long-life food to help food banks and community groups support people this Christmas.
The volunteers are needed to encourage shoppers to leave their donations in the collection point at the front of stores, with shoppers more likely to donate if volunteers are present.
Andrew Cleaver, Trussell Trust’s regional manager in East Midlands, said: “A crisis can often bring out the best in people, and we have been overwhelmed by the support the UK has shown towards food banks in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
"As we look to 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 generous customers.
Tesco will top up customer donations by 20 per cent in cash to aid the two charities in their work in 2020.
Volunteers will need to adhere to the Covid-19 rules in place in the store and locally when they participate.
People interested in volunteering can find out more and sign up at fareshare.org.uk/foodcollection.