Marlborough Tesco customers make generous donations to foodbankA whopping 5,190 meals were donated to Devizes and Kennet Foodbank by generous customers at Marlborough’s Tesco store. Shoppers visiting the store were asked to donate long-life items to the Food Collection point in the store as part of their usual shop. Tesco then topped up the value of the customer donations by 20%. The 20% top–up donation provided by Tesco helps the charities in their work, by providing funding to run the foodbanks and distribute the food to those in need.
Devizes Foodbank Manager said: “Thank you so much to everyone who donated during the Food Collection – we rely on the support of Marlborough and the surrounding villages to make sure there is enough emergency food for people referred to us so we’re very grateful for the way the community pulled together in the lead up to this Christmas. Because of your support, in the last few weeks the foodbank has been able to help hundreds of local people – thank you.”
Devizes Foodbank provides three days emergency food supplies and support to local people who find themselves in crisis and unable to feed themselves and their families. Illness, redundancy or an unexpected bill can quickly cause major problems for low income families.
The foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust foodbank network. Across the UK the Tesco food collection initiative has been responsible for a total of three million meals worth of food being donated to the charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust.
Samantha Stapley, Head of Operations at The Trussell Trust said: “Our foodbank network has spent the last month making sure that people referred to them with no money for food didn’t go hungry this Christmas. This work has been made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers. Thank you for your support - your generosity has stopped hunger this Christmas.”
Tesco’s Head of Community Alec Brown said: “Every year we are taken aback by the generosity of customers who give to the Food Collection in our stores across the UK. We know that this annual collection makes a real difference in Devizes and the surrounding area and we would like to thank everyone who has donated, volunteered or helped with the Food Collection in store. Food Collection is just one of the ways that Tesco has been supporting the two food charities. A donation to the charities has also been made for every fresh turkey sold in Tesco stores and for every pack of Tesco Finest Candy Cane flavoured crisps sold over the festive period.
Tesco’s clothing range F&F has also contributed to the charities. Each festive-themed ‘hat with a heart’ led to a donation of £1 from each hat to be split between FareShare and The Trussell Trust. More than 164,000 of the hats have been sold.
The overall total donated by Tesco shoppers since the Food Collection scheme began in 2012 is more than 49m meals.
For more information visit: www.devizes.foodbank.org.uk www.trusselltrust.org www.fareshare.org.uk