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Shoppers urged to donate to Tesco Food Collection

Leading charities are urging shoppers across Northern Ireland to donate food at their local Tesco store 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.

Ronny McFall, Community Champion for Tesco Superstore Ballymena, said:

"The local Foodbank in Ballymena has an excess of cereal and teabags at the moment, so please donate something else from this list highlighted in store:

• Tinned fruit

• Tinned meat/fish

• Long life sponge puddings

• UHT milk

• Jam/spreads

• Tinned potatoes

• Long life juice

“Male and female toiletries are also desperately needed.

"On average 1000kg of food is donated by customers of Tesco Superstore Ballymena every month!"

Declan McKillop, Development Manager at FareShare Northern Ireland, 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. “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.

Jonny Currie, the Trussell Trust’s network lead for Northern Ireland, said:

“No one in Northern Ireland should face the indignity of needing emergency food. Yet our network of food banks in Northern Ireland gave out 78,827 emergency food parcels in the last year. A total of 31,000 of these went to children. This isn’t right.”

“Food banks across Northern Ireland do all they can to help families facing extra financial pressures during the summer holidays. But your support by donating during the Tesco Summer Food Collection this July will be vital in helping food banks provide the best possible support to families in crisis today, while working towards a hunger free future.”

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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