Irvine volunteers went to Tesco to find the UK’s largest Christmas food collection

Two charities that provide essential food to people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic are calling on the people of Irvine to support the UK’s largest food collection this Christmas.

From Thursday November 19th through Saturday November 21st, charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust will be collecting groceries in Tesco stores across the UK and Northern Ireland during the annual pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection.

FareShare is looking for volunteers at donation points in the Irvine store, while the Trussell Trust is looking for social media volunteers to share shopping lists on social media to encourage people to donate.

Leah Baillie, Trussell Trust area manager for Irvine said: “Crisis can often bring out the best in people and we have been overwhelmed by the support Britain has shown to food banks in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

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“When we look at the busiest time of year for grocery banks on our network, we would be very grateful if people could share shopping lists of the most needed items from their local grocery bank on their social media to encourage friends and family to do something together make sure that food banks can help people in crisis this winter. “

Scott Crawford, Development Director at Fareshare said, “We know that many people have already been victims of the economic impact of the pandemic and that thousands more are at risk of losing their jobs and livelihoods. We have seen a tremendous increase in people reaching out to their local grassroots groups for assistance, and the demand for food is more than double what it was before the pandemic.

“We would be grateful to anyone who can volunteer this year to encourage more shoppers to donate much-needed local food to those who need it most.”

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During the collection, Irvine customers are encouraged to donate long lasting groceries to help food banks and community groups support people this Christmas. Tesco will top up customer donations by 20 percent in cash to support the two charities in their work.

Last year, three million meals were collected as part of the Tesco Food Collection. Since its launch in 2012, more than 76 million meals have been donated to the two charities by generous Tesco customers.

Volunteers must adhere to the Covid-19 rules that apply in-store and on-site when attending. Those interested in volunteering can learn more and register at https://fareshare.org.uk/foodcollection

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