Customers at the Tesco store in Clitheroe are being invited to donate food in store until this Saturday, November 29th, as the retailer gears up to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK and reach a target of collecting 20 million meals for people in need by the end of this year.
This will be the fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection run by Tesco in partnership with foodbank charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare. To date, 15.3 million meals have been donated to help feed people in need.
Customers at the local Tesco store will be given a special shopping list when they enter and will be asked to pick up an item of food, particularly items such as Christmas cake and pudding, mince pies, ham, salmon, chocolate treats, tinned fruit and coffee before donating as they leave the store.
The food will then be given to the Ribble Valley Foodbank before being handed out to people in times of crisis.
Foodbank manager Ruth Haldane said: “Winter is the hardest time of year for people living in poverty, and this Christmas is looking especially tough as many people on low incomes are already really struggling.
“We’re delighted that Tesco is working with us to help stop local people going hungry this Christmas and we hope that many people will donate a tin or two.”
Daniel Beresford, store manager at Clitheroe Tesco, said: “Our customers were incredibly generous when we held our last food collection in the summer, so we’re hoping to collect an even bigger total this time around. In the run up to Christmas we want to do our bit to feed those in need and volunteers from Ribble Valley Foodbank are really looking forward to taking part in the collection.”
Tesco will be topping up the total donation by a further 30%.