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Generous shoppers in Wales thanked for donating nearly 90,000 meals

Generous Tesco shoppers in Wales have been thanked after donating nearly 90,000 (89, 564) meals-worth of food to help charities feed people during Christmas and the winter months.

The fantastic total forms part of more than 1.5million meals-worth of food donated across the UK.

The donations will help foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network provide emergency parcels and help FareShare supply thousands of frontline charities. Tesco has once again topped up all customer donations with a 20% cash donation to the two charities, to support them in their work feeding people in communities across the UK.

During the twice-yearly Tesco Food Collection, which ran in all Tesco stores in the UK from November 18th to 20th customers were asked to donate long-life food to support FareShare and the Trussell Trust.

Stores across the UK reported that customers had given the highest volume of food donations to support local charities since the start of the pandemic, providing 1.57m meals during the campaign.

Sarah Germain, CEO at FareShare Cymru, said shoppers’ donations would make a huge difference to the frontline charities they supplied.

“The Food Collection is so important to FareShare Cymru because donations of long-life items means we are able to complement the fresh food that we receive year round from Tesco with staples like rice, tinned vegetables and tea and coffee,” she said.

“Thank you to every single Tesco customer in Wales that donated to the food collection this year – your generous donations will help us to continue supporting local charities and community groups that are helping to feed people in need this winter.”

Cleide Correia, Project Manager at the Merthyr Cynon Foodbank in South Wales, said the donations would help provide food to people facing impossible decisions this Christmas.

“Throughout 2021, communities across the UK have stepped in to provide vital support to people at food banks, left without enough money for the essentials,” she said. “This emergency lifeline is only possible due to the incredible compassion and generosity of Tesco customers, including those in Wales, during the Tesco Food Collection.

“Right now, people near you are making impossible decisions between staying warm or buying food as food banks in our network face providing 7,000 emergency food parcels to people in crisis every day this month. It’s not right that any of us are forced to a charity for the essentials, but we continue to be truly humbled by how much people are willing to give and so we thank you for your continued support while we work in the long term to build a future without the need for food banks.”

Claire de Silva, Head of Community at Tesco thanked all those who took part: “At this time more than ever, we are hugely grateful for the support of all our customers in Wales who have donated in store for making this the biggest collection of long-life food in our stores since the start of the pandemic. We know this will make a really significant difference to local people this winter.”