We are asking the Epping Forest community to help support people in crisis this Christmas by donating to the UK’s largest food collection.
The Tesco Food Collection launches across the supermarket’s stores today, with customers invited to give long-life food at Epping Tesco, CM16 4BA.
Long-life food donated to foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency food parcels to people referred because they don’t have enough money coming in to cover essential living costs.
Last year generous members of the public donated more than 3.5million meals-worth of food during the Tesco Food Collection, and it is hoped even more is donated this year. The supermarket will be topping up the value of donations by an additional 20% to boost the food banks’ supplies.
During the Tesco Food Collection our volunteers will be greeting customers with a list of items most needed at EFFB, and collecting donations.
The Trussell Trust’s chief executive Emma Revie said:
“We would like to thank everyone who has donated to help support their local community. It’s humbling to see how much people are willing to give, and the difference this can make when someone is in crisis. An emergency food parcel, listening ear and compassionate, practical advice at the food bank can be the boost someone needs to break free from poverty. All donations make a real difference.”
Tesco’s Group Communications Director Christine Heffernan urged customers to donate:
“We know that the items that our customers donate can make a real difference to people who really need that little bit of extra help this year. Both FareShare and the Trussell Trust do amazing work and we are proud to do our bit at Tesco by topping up the public donations to the Tesco Food Collection by 20%.”
The Tesco Food Collection runs from Thursday, November 21 until Saturday, November 23 with donation points at the front of all Tesco stores in the UK and Northern Ireland.