ROAD Staff Volunteer at Tesco’s Food Collection

Date: December 5, 2018

Categories: Collaborative Working, Participant Events, Public Events

ROAD’s Partnership Lead, Craig Drummond, and Groundwork Navigator, Alan Foster, helped out at Newton Aycliffe Tesco at their annual #EveryCanHelps food collection.

We are very proud that our staff were able to contribute their time and efforts for such a good cause, one that ROAD fully supports.

How the Food Collection works

This time of year can be very difficult for families and individuals who are already managing on extremely tight budgets.

The Food Collection is a partnership between Tesco, The Trussell Trust and FareShare. For three days each year, in the lead-up to Christmas, Tesco organises and hosts a nationwide drive to encourage customers to buy an extra item or two of food when they shop in store and donate it at the collection point on their way out. The food donated is used by the charities to support people who are struggling to put food on the table.

Each participating Trussell Trust foodbank is partnered with a local Tesco store and works with volunteers and Tesco staff, greeting shoppers on their way in to store and handing out shopping lists, showing items that the foodbank needs most.

In Tesco Express stores the Food Collection starts before the main collection, on Monday 26th November, with unattended food collection points available for customers to make their donations.

ALL food donated is used locally and is an invaluable boost to foodbanks’ stocks at a time of year that is always extremely busy and when demand for emergency food is high.

Tesco generously tops up customer food donations, by making a financial contribution equivalent to 20% of the value of the food. So, by getting involved, you will not only help provide vital food for people experiencing crisis, but the top-up funding will help Trussell Trust foodbanks provide clients with further support.

We are thrilled that the UK’s largest supermarket shares our vision that no one should go hungry, and is working together with us and FareShare to empower local communities to fight poverty.