Local Tesco customers have donated almost 11,000 meals to the Angus feedbank during a recent three-day collection in the county.
The foodbank will use the donated food to create emergency food parcels containing three days’ supply of nutritionally-balanced food which will be given to local men, women and children in crisis, with Tesco adding an extra 30 per cent to all customer donations.
Customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned fruit and vegetables. Volunteers from The Trussell Trust, FareShare, BT and the British Red Cross joined Tesco colleagues in store to collect donations from generous customers.
Supermarket collections are one of the main ways Trussell Trust foodbanks are stocked and Alf Collington, the Angus Foodbank manager, ha said he is grateful for the community’s continuing support.
Across Scotland 541,017 meals were donated across 53 stores during the collection. This is the equivalent of enough food to feed every student at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities nine times.
Nationally Tesco customers have donated 3.6 million meals during the sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection this summer. This is an increase of 13 per cent compared to last summer’s collection.
David McAuley, Trussell Trust chief executive, said: “We are truly grateful for the amazing effort by Tesco store staff, customers, volunteers and foodbanks in this year’s summer Neighbourhood Food Collection. The donations will make a huge difference to foodbanks’ ability to not only provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food to people in need but also additional support to tackle the root causes of poverty.”