// Tesco shoppers donate millions of meals to food banks
// Meals were donated to charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare during last month’s Tesco Food Collection
Tesco has revealed its shoppers have donated a total of 2.5 million meals to food banks and charities across the UK.
The meals were donated to charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare by shoppers during last month’s Tesco Food Collection, with Tesco topping up the value of all the donations by an additional 20 per cent.
The donations to food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network are being used to provide food parcels for people in crisis, while donations to FareShare go to charities and community groups such as homeless shelters and older people’s lunch clubs who also receive surplus food from Tesco stores.
The donations from the three-day collection are in addition to items donated by customers throughout the year at a network of more than 500 permanent collection points at Tesco stores.
Meanwhile, over seven million meals were donated in the year to October.
“On my visits to stores during the collection I was taken aback by the generosity of our customers. I would like to thank all those who donated and we will be doing our bit by topping up all the donations by 20 per cent,” Tesco director Christine Heffernan said.