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Tesco shoppers collect 7,000 meals for foodbanks

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 July 2015

Tesco staff Tim Milson, Claire Michael, Casey Lamprey and James Darling with some of the food collected

Tesco staff Tim Milson, Claire Michael, Casey Lamprey and James Darling with some of the food collected

Matthew Horwood

Tesco customers in Newham have donated more than 7,000 meals to foodbank charities.

The supermarket chain’s neighbourhood food collection campaign, which took place over three days last week, saw 7,286 meals provided by shoppers at the borough’s 14 stores.

All of the 2.3 tonnes of canned, dried and long-life food will be given to The Trussell Trust and Fareshare.

The charities provide hot meals and food parcels to those living in food poverty, including many parents struggling due to the lack of free school meals over the summer holidays.

Eni Martins, Tesco’s London community manager, said: “Our customers have really taken the collection to their hearts and it’s great to see so many generous donations to help support some of the more vulnerable people across London and particularly in Newham itself.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support the neighbourhood food collection has received in- stores and we’re pleased to be able to help those in need this summer.”

It is the fourth year of the nationwide initiative and saw a 13 per cent increase in donations from last summer.


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