- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Assembly Member Joyce Watson joined staff, shoppers and volunteers at Haverfordwest’s Tesco Extra store on Friday (28 November) for this year’s Neighbourhood Food Collection.
Tesco has held a week-long (24th to 29th November) collection in stores across the UK. It is the fifth year that the supermarket giant has teamed up with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare to collect food parcels for individuals and families in need.
Mrs Watson said the latest collection will help people struggling to make ends meet this Christmas:
“There’s so much emphasis on spending money at this time of year – but for many people the priority is simply to put food on the table.
“It’s a great shame that in Britain today more and more people have to rely on food hand-outs. At the same time, it is heartening that communities rally together to help those less fortunate.
“Tesco have done great work in the past, providing meals for local people. Once again, Haverfordwest shoppers have been hugely generous.”
As well as organising two week-long, nationwide collections a year, Tesco tops up shoppers’ donations by 30% and donates surplus food from its online and fresh distribution centres.
The last collection in July gathered 5.1 million meals. Since the scheme started in December 2012, Neighbourhood Food Collection has donated 15.3 million meals to help FareShare and the Trussell Trust support people in need across the UK.