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Volunteers needed in Preston and South Ribble for Christmas food collection at Tesco stores

Posted on - 21st October, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Christmas, Preston News
Tesco store in Blackpool Road, Preston Pic: Google
Tesco store in Blackpool Road, Preston Pic: Google

Two charities providing vital food to people hit by the pandemic are appealing for people across Preston to help support the UK’s biggest food collection this Christmas.

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

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The need for food to help the food banks and community groups which the two charities support is more vital than ever this year given the pressures caused by Covid-19.

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

A Tesco volunteer holding a shopping list guide for donations at the launch of the Tesco Food Collection
A Tesco volunteer holding a shopping list guide for donations at the launch of the Tesco Food Collection

During the collection customers are encouraged to donate long-life food to help food banks and community groups support people this Christmas. Tesco will top up customer donations by 20% in cash to aid the two charities in their work.

The volunteers are needed to encourage shoppers to leave their donations in the collection point at the front of stores, with shoppers more likely to donate if volunteers are present.

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Foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network are expecting to give out six emergency food parcels every minute this winter.

Laura Chalmers, Trussell Trust’s Regional Manager in Lancashire, said: “A crisis can often bring out the best in people, and we have been overwhelmed by the support the UK has shown towards food banks in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

“As we look to the one of the busiest times of the year for food banks in our network, we would be so grateful if people can share shopping lists of their local food bank’s most-needed items on their social media to encourage friends and family to donate.

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“Together we can make a difference and ensure that food banks are able to help people in crisis this winter.”

Meanwhile FareShare has tripled the amount of food it has been providing since the start of the pandemic and will be supplying food to 11,000 front-line charities and community groups supporting people this winter.

FareShare’s Development Manager in Lancashire, Tom Carysforth, said: “We know that many people have already fallen victim to the economic impact of the pandemic and thousands more are at risk of losing their jobs and livelihoods.

Read more: Much needed funds donated to Preston foodbank during lockdown

“We would be hugely grateful to anyone who is able to volunteer this year to encourage more shoppers to donate much needed ambient food to those who need it most.”

See foodbanks near you and which items they need

People interested in volunteering can find out more and sign up on the website.

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