Shoppers donate almost two tonnes for foodbank

Nigel Don MSP made a visit to the food bank collection  at Tesco in Montrose
Nigel Don MSP made a visit to the food bank collection at Tesco in Montrose

Generous shoppers at Tesco in Montrose have donated 1.942 tonnes of food for people in need this winter, following a Neighbourhood Food Collection.

This was the fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection and took place in every Tesco store across the UK between November 24 and 29, in partnership with Tesco, foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.

The collection was held to ensure that the charities have enough food to help people during the winter, which is the hardest time of year for people in poverty.

This Christmas is looking especially tough for people on low incomes, with many already really struggling to make ends meet. As winter bites many parents will be forced to choose between eating and heating.

Angus foodbank has given three days’ food to more than 1,000 people in just six months.

Alf Collington, foodbank manager, said: “This was a fantastic response from the customers at Montrose on top of the regular donations at our permanent collection point in Store. Montrose Tesco Customers are helping us make a difference in peoples lives.”

Recent research by Tesco showed that one in three people in the UK donate to food charities and 90 per cent of food given out at Trussell Trust foodbanks is donated by the public, so the generosity of local communities is vital to make sure that the foodbank can be there for people who hit crisis.

Angus foodbank collected the Montrose and Forfar Tesco stores and the total amount of collected was 4.67 tonnes, the equivalent of almost 4,800 meals.

During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items, such as long-life milk, cereals, tinned vegetables, tinned meat and Christmas treats.

More than 40 volunteers from the Trussell Trust Angus Foodbank joined with Tesco staff in store to collect donations from kind-hearted customers. Tesco then topped up all donations by 30 per cent.