Generous customers in Forfar donated an incredible 1,696kg of food, equivalent to 4,240 meals, to Tesco’s National Food Collection on July 5 and 6.
Angus foodbank volunteers who manned the collection point were bowled over by the continued generosity of Tesco shoppers.
Customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned vegetables and fruit, after new research revealed an estimated 11% of people in Angus have suffered from some form of food poverty in the last 12 months.
Tesco held the appeal in partnership with Foodbanks charity, the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare, with Tesco stores and online grocery distribution centres across the country collecting a grand total of 3.5 million meals for people in need.
Tesco has topped up total donations by 30 per cent and is working with volunteers from Angus foodbank to distribute food to local people in need.
Malcolm Brown, Angus foodbank manager, said: “People have really taken food poverty to heart and give so generously.
“Some people who received food parcels earlier in the year were delighted to be in the position of being able to donate food back to the foodbank as a way of saying thank you.”
Rebecca Shelley, group corporate affairs director at Tesco said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers in the Forfar area and thanks to their generosity we’ve been able to collect much-needed food for people in need.
“Colleagues in all of our stores across Angus have also played their part and have been busy sorting food items and helping to distribute food over the last few days, so that food can be distributed to local people who are struggling to make ends meet.
“To raise 1,696kg of food in Forfar is an incredible achievement and I want to thank all our customers and colleagues for their support.”
Tesco will begin to roll out permanent collection points in some of its larger stores in the coming months and will hold its next National Food Collection at the end of the year.