Generous customers at the Tesco supermarket in Montrose donated more than 6,300 meals to help people in need this Christmas.
Shoppers to the store on Western Road donated 6,331 meals between November 29 and December 1 for the supermarket’s third Neighbourhood Food Collection, which was launched as new research revealed that 27 per cent of people in Scotland have experienced some form of food poverty in the last 12 months.
During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items, such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned vegetables and fruit.
Over the three days, customers to the Montrose superstore gave 2,045 kilogrammes of non-perishable food and £66.08.
This equates to 255 food parcels containing three days worth of food for a single person. Tesco will be topping up the donations with £1,031 with their 30 per cent cash back promise.
Graeme Tough, store manager at Tesco Montrose, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers and I’m proud to see that thanks to their generosity we have donated more than 6,300 meals to help those in need in the local community. I want to thank all the fantastic volunteers and Tesco colleagues who worked tirelessly, and of course, our customers who made the collection a success.”
The food contributions in Montrose will be distributed to an Angus foodbank depot before being given out to people in need over the holidays.
Malcolm Brown, Angus foodbank manager, said: “Winter is the hardest time of year for people living in poverty, and this Christmas is looking especially tough as fuel prices continue to rise.
“We’re delighted that Tesco are working with us to help stop local people going hungry this Christmas and we have been blown away by the generosity of the shoppers.”
In Scotland, 511,359 meals, including the 30 per cent cash back top up by Tesco, were donated over the three day period.
Overall across the UK, a total of 4.3 million meals were given during the collection.
Volunteers from the Trussell Trust, FareShare and the Red Cross joined Tesco colleagues in store to collect donations from customers.