Angus shoppers have demonstrated their generosity by donating 18,168 meals to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.
The donations have come via Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection, which runs in all stores nationwide, and provides vital store cupboard essentials such as rice, tea, tinned meat and UHT milk, for people in need over the festive period.
Shoppers were invited to donate food in Tesco’s Angus stores between 1 and 3 December to benefit local charities and people referred to foodbanks.
Tony McElroy, Tesco’s local communications manager, said: “We’re thrilled with the huge number of food donations we’ve had in Angus, resulting in such an amazing number of meals to give to those in need this Christmas and beyond. It really demonstrates the generosity of the people of Angus.”
The donations come at a vital time when The Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase for their support.
David McAuley, trust chief executive, said: “Last December we saw a 45 per cent increase in the number of parcels provided compared to the average for the rest of the year.
“The staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, means foodbanks in Angus will be able to provide vital food and support to local people who are struggling during what could be our busiest December yet.”
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, added: “What we’re seeing, right across the country, is an increased demand from the organisations we work with for more food. They have more mouths to feed. There has been a 26 per cent increase in the number of charities signing up to FareShare in the last year, so without the Neighbourhood Food Collection we simply couldn’t meet the growing demand. Every single item of food donated will make a difference, so thank you to everyone involved.”