meals provided to needy families by Tesco shoppers in Somerset
total of 25,760 meals have been provided to people in need this
Christmas thanks to customer donations at Tesco stores across Somerset,
including in Burnham-On-Sea.
shoppers were asked to donate long-life items to help people in
need as part of their usual shop, with Tesco topping up the value
of the customer donations by 20% for charities FareShare and The
Trussell Trust, which oversee local Foodbanks.
Somerset, a total of 25,760 meals were donated by generous customers
at Tesco stores including the following:
Shepton Mallet: 3,055
two food charities, FareShare and The Trussell Trust, see an increase
in the need for donations at this time of year.
food donated to local Foodbanks in The Trussell Trusts network
- which includes Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge - is given in emergency
food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed
themselves and their families.
donated to FareShare is distributed to charities and community groups
who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated
older people and those in homeless shelters.
20% topup donation provided by Tesco helps the charities in
their work, by providing funding to run the foodbanks and distribute
the food to those in need.
Stapley, Operations Manager at The Trussell Trust said: "Our
Foodbank network has spent the last month making sure that people
referred to them with no money for food dont go hungry this
Christmas. This work has been made possible thanks to the incredible
generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers during
the Food Collection. Thank you for your support - your generosity
has stopped hunger this Christmas."
to customers generosity and the Tesco top-up this years
collection has seen over 3 million meals worth of food donated to
help people in need. It brings the overall total donated by Tesco
shoppers since the Food Collection scheme began in 2012 to more
than 49m meals.