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Tesco has donated 82 tonnes of food for Preston foodbanks and charities

Posted on - 20th May, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Ribbleton
Warehouse co-ordinator Bianka Santorisova with some of the food and drink destined for FareShare
Warehouse co-ordinator Bianka Santorisova with some of the food and drink destined for FareShare

Supermarket giant Tesco has been helping to feed some of Preston’s most vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

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82 tonnes of food worth £15million has been donated by the supermarket to the FareShare centre in Preston.

The charity distributes the food to foodbanks and other registered organisations, such as The Foxton Centre, throughout the city and across Lancashire and Cumbria.

Tesco has also been supplying long-life food to the Trussell Trust food banks in Preston and Lancashire to make 1,000 meals each week.

Development manager with FareShare at Preston, Jeff Green, said: “We are immensely thankful to Tesco for their continued support during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many of the frontline charities we work with continue to provide essential support within their communities, and the additional donations from Tesco will help us to keep up a steady supply of food to them during this difficult time.”

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The amount of food donated is the equivalent of 194,052 meals.

Tesco’s head of community, Claire De Silva, said: “In every part of the UK there are charities and community groups doing amazing work to feed people during the pandemic, and we are glad that we have been able to support them in helping so many vulnerable people.

“At Tesco we regularly donate surplus to charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme, and we have permanent collection points in more than 500 stores for the Trussell Trust’s food banks and FareShare.

“But the Covid-19 outbreak has placed incredible demands on communities in every part of the UK and that’s why we felt the need to provide even more practical help by sending £15m of food from our depots to help local charities and food banks across the country.”

Tesco team distribution trainer Martin Fillo with one consignment ready to go
Tesco team distribution trainer Martin Fillo with one consignment ready to go

Foodbanks across Preston are reporting a surge in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trussell Trust’s area manager for Yorkshire and Lancashire, Laura Chalmers, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for Tesco’s continued support throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Food banks in our network across Preston have gone above and beyond to ensure they’re able to continue to provide the lifeline of emergency food.

“These additional food donations from Tesco have helped to ensure people in financial crisis in Preston are able to access the emergency food and support they need during these challenging times.”

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