Tesco plans extra food collection drive during summer months

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The food collection will take place in large Tesco stores from July 15 to 17

The collection, which will take place in large Tesco stores from July 15 to 17 and in Express stores from July 12 to August 28, will see customers encouraged to donate long-life food to the Trussell Trust and FareShare. All customer donations will be topped up with a 20% cash donation by Tesco to the two charities.

CEO of Tesco UK and Northern Ireland, Jason Tarry, said: "Both the Trussell Trust and FareShare face extra demands during the summer, when children who would normally enjoy a healthy meal in school may miss out. That is why we have decided to hold this extra collection to help ensure that children across the UK can enjoy a happier and healthier summer without missing out on meals."

Both charities have welcomed the announcement of the extra collection, which is in addition to Tesco's annual pre-Christmas food collection.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive at FareShare, said: "At FareShare, the demand for food from the communities we serve remains very high and, with the combination of the pandemic and many families struggling to afford to eat during the school holidays when free school meals are not available, we anticipate this will continue to be the case for many months. 

"We are incredibly grateful to Tesco for running this additional summer food collection, which will ensure that we can continue supporting the thousands of charities feeding the most vulnerable children and families across the UK."

Chief executive of the Trussell Trust Emma Revie added: "No one should face the indignity of needing emergency food. Yet in the last year, food banks in our network provided record numbers of emergency food parcels to people struggling to afford the essentials. This is not right but we know we can build a better future. 

"Thanks to the incredible ongoing generosity of Tesco, we are thrilled that customers will be able to support food banks during the Summer Food Collection. Every donation makes such a difference and helps food banks in our network provide the best possible emergency support while we work together towards building a hunger free future."

Additional details of the collection and how shoppers can support it will be released in the coming weeks.

Tesco has six Express locations in Peterborough, as well as two superstores and the Serpentine Green Extra store.