Tesco and Asda urge shoppers to donate food as supermarkets launch national food drive
12th May 2021

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Supermarkets including Tesco and Asda are asking shoppers to donate more food in its latest national food drive. It comes after a record 2.5 million emergency parcels were given to people in crisis by food banks between April 2020 and March 2021.

With many people struggling to provide for their families, 382 Asda stores will be taking part in the month-long food drive this month.

The retailer is encouraging customers to donate vital food and hygiene essentials to support those in need.

It comes as part of Asda’s Fight Hunger Create Change partnership with leading charities, FareShare and the Trussell Trust.

Jo Warner, Asda’s Senior Director for Community said: “As the impact of the pandemic continues to be felt in communities across the UK, families are struggling to access basic items like food and hygiene products.

“Our stores have permanent collection points year-round, but over the next month our aim is to boost the number of donations as we support our charity partners managing an increased need for emergency food parcels.

“I’m always overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers and colleagues, I wanted to thank them for continuing to support our Fight Hunger Create Change programme. It’s making a real difference to the families in their local communities, both in terms of providing much needed emergency support as well as longer term help through our funding of trained advisors on the ground helping people out of the situation they find themselves in.”

Customers can find the food bank points in stores – by the checkouts or exits.

Meanwhile, Tesco is to hold an extra UK-wide food collection in its stores to support children and families this summer.

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During 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, customers will be urged to donate long-life food to the Trussell Trust and Fareshare.

Tesco UK & Northern Ireland CEO 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.”

The retailer will be topping up all customer donations with a 20 percent cash donation to the two charities.

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.”

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

In other news, supermarkets are working hard to cut down on their plastic use including on packaging.

Tesco has become the first major retailer to scrap soft plastic rings and shrink wrap from all beers and cider in its UK stores.

The move will see 50 million fewer pieces of unrecycled plastic being produced each year.

Tesco Quality Director Sarah Bradbury said: “We are working hand in hand with some of the world’s biggest brands to tackle the problem of unnecessary plastic.

“Our mission is to remove, reduce, reuse and recycle so we use as little material as possible and ensure that all the packaging in our stores can be easily recycled.”

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