Leading charities are urging shoppers to donate food at their local Tesco this week to help support children and families across the UK this summer.

From July 15 to 17 Tesco is holding a summer Food Collection in aid of FareShare and the Trussell Trust at all of its large stores across the UK.

Shoppers are being urged to donate a variety of long-life foodstuffs to help FareShare supply thousands of community groups such as children’s holiday clubs and food pantries and help the Trussell Trust’s network of food banks provide emergency parcels to families in crisis.

Tesco will give an extra little help in the form of a 20% top up to the value of customer donations to assist the two charities in their vital work.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said every donation made would make a real difference.

“There are so many fantastic community groups across the country that work hard to bring children together during the holidays,” he said. “The items we receive from the Tesco Food Collection will help us to support a huge range of organisations working with children and families, from school holiday activity clubs and playgroups to breakfast and after school clubs. 

“Your donations will make such a big difference to thousands of children at risk of going hungry this summer, so if you’re able to purchase just one item in your local Tesco store we would be so thankful.”
Food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network gave almost a million food parcels to support children last year.

“No one should face the indignity of needing emergency food,” said Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust. “Yet our UK-wide network of food banks gave out a record 2.5 million emergency food parcels in the last year – with more than 980,000 of these provided for children. This isn’t right.

“Food banks do all they can to help families meet the extra financial pressures of the summer holidays. By donating during the Tesco Summer Food Collection this July, you will help your local food bank provide the best possible support to families in crisis today, while working towards a future where everyone has enough for the essentials.”

Shoppers will be greeted in store with a shopping list giving details of the products that are most-needed by their local food bank or FareShare regional centre, and are being encouraged to pick up an item as they shop to drop in special donation trollies on the way out of the store.

In addition to the collection in large stores, Tesco Express stores will be collecting donations throughout the summer (from July 12 to August 28).

Customers who want to support FareShare and the Trussell Trust but are unable to shop in store are being encouraged to donate their Tesco Clubcard vouchers to them via the Tesco Clubcard website.

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