A supermarket giant is set to top up foodbank donations this week.
Coventry’s Tesco stores are supporting the Trussell Trust and FareShare charities by adding an additional 20 per cent cash donation to the causes.
It comes as local food banks are under pressure due to increased demand for food during the pandemic.
FareShare has seen its highest-ever demand for food, whilst the Trussell Trust has seen the need for food banks rise more than 80 per cent.
Between August 20 and 22, customers can donate essential items of long-life food to the good causes.
Tesco will top up all customer donations, including an additional 20% donation in cash to the two charities.
The extra summer food collection is in addition to the pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection Tesco holds annually for FareShare and the Trussell Trust in November.
Tesco director David Page said: “This is a really challenging time for the two charities because of the big rise in demand on them for food. Our customers have responded with incredible generosity to our food collections in the past, donating more than 39 million meals.
“I hope they will give generously again, because there are a lot of people who need a helping hand at the moment and this appeal will make a real difference to them.”
Items that Tesco suggest customers can donate include:
- Tinned meat and pies
- Tinned fish
- Tinned vegetables
- UHT milk
- Tinned fruit
- Long life fruit juice
- Instant coffee
- Tinned puddings
- Breakfast cereals
- Cooking sauces
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Tesco supported the two food charities with a £30million package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including surplus food and assistance with running costs.
Emma Greenwood, the Trussell Trust’s South West area manager, said: “Over the last few months, we’ve been truly humbled to see how much people are willing to give and the difference this can make when someone is in crisis.
“As we look to the coming months, more people than ever are likely to need a food bank. This isn’t right. Everyone should be able to afford their own food.
“Every donation made during Tesco’s summer food collection will help food banks in our network provide the best possible emergency help to people referred at an uncertain time.”
Phoebe Ruxton, FareShare’s South West fundraising and communications manager, added: “Applications from charities and community groups needing vital food supplies have tripled since the start of the lockdown.
“The crisis is far from over and we are incredibly thankful to Tesco for running this emergency food collection, as it will ensure we can continue to support frontline charities helping to feed those who are most vulnerable right now.”