Thanks to customer donations at Tesco stores helped food charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust during the shop’s food collection.
Customers were asked to donate life-long items to help others as part of their usual shop.
More donations were received this year than ever before.
Both charities see an increase in the need for donations at this time of year.
The food donated to foodbanks in The Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. Food 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.
To help the charities in their work, Tesco is once again topping up the value of the customer donations by 20%, providing the two charities with funding to run the foodbanks and distribute the food to those in need.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare thanked Tesco customers for their generosity.
He said: “The food donated at the Tesco Food Collection will make a tremendous difference to the thousands of charities and community groups that FareShare supports.
“These groups are doing amazing work with some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Thanks to the generosity of Tesco shoppers over the festive season, we have enough long-life food to provide meals to those helping people in need across the UK. We’d like to thank everyone who donated, as well as all the volunteers who made the store collections such a success.”