Tesco, in River Way Andover held its first week long collection, in conjunction with the Trussell Trust and Fare Share for the Andover Food Bank. This was their fifth neighbourhood food collection, but the first time it has gone on for a week. "By the time I arrived on the Saturday, they had collected 1.9 tons of food, and this is testimony to the generosity of shoppers in Andover. Since their first food collection in 2012, Tesco's have donated 15.3m meals across the UK."
Sir George met Cheryl Scott-Clerk, the Community Champion, who told him that in addition to the volunteers from the Food Bank collecting food and donations, many of the staff had also taken part.
Letter from Tesco below
Dear Sir George
I wanted to thank you for supporting our fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection, held in partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare, from 24th – 29th November.
Thanks to the generosity of our customers, colleagues and volunteers from the two charities, the collection was a great success. Customer donations, combined with our 30% top up, enabled us to collect enough food to provide 4.7 million meals. Your local store, Andover Extra, collected enough food to provide 8080 meals for those in need in and around your constituency.
This means that, since we held our first Neighbourhood Food Collection in December 2012 combined with our new permanent collection points in over 350 stores, we have collected a fantastic 21.5 million meals that all go to help FareShare and the Trussell Trust help feed people in need across the UK.
We will continue to hold two Neighbourhood Food Collections a year with our next collection in spring 2015. I will be sure to provide you with further details nearer the time. You can find out more about the collection and our partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare at www.tesco.com/food-collection but if you have any specific questions please do get in touch.
Thank you again for your continued support with the collections.
Head of UK Government Affairs
Tesco Stores Ltd