Charities are calling for local volunteers to help collect food for people in need in Sussex Tesco stores from 2nd to 4th July.
The collections are for food redistribution charity FareShare, who partners with the Trussell Trust (foodbank network charity) in Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection, the biggest national food drive to help people in poverty.
This is Tesco’s sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection, which aims to collect over four million meals in store to feed vulnerable people across the UK. In Burgess Hill FareShare will be collecting in Tesco Metro, Hammond Farm, as well as in stores in Crawley and Gatwick.
FareShare needs volunteers to give 3 hours, asking shoppers to donate store-cupboard staples from the FareShare shopping list to the pop-up collection points in these stores. The food will then be delivered to FareShare Sussex who will redistribute it to local charities and community projects supporting vulnerable people.
Projects that benefit from the food donated include breakfast and afterschool clubs for children, homeless hostels and lunch clubs for older people. Over 1,900 charities across the UK receive surplus food from FareShare, which saves each charity around £13,000, allowing them to reinvest in life-changing services for vulnerable people across the country.
Marion Sheehan, manager of FareShare Sussex said: “As a volunteer you can really make a difference to the amount of food we collect in the Burgess Hill Tesco Neighbourhood Food Collection, helping vulnerable people attending the charities that we are collecting food for. Each volunteer can help us collect enough food for 500 meals in just 3 hours. The more volunteers we have, the more food we can collect to help reach more people in need.
“It really is a fun and rewarding experience to be involved in one of the biggest food drives in the UK and it is something that you can do with your family, friends and local community.”
The total donations from the sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection will be topped up by Tesco by 30%. Tesco is also committed to send surplus food to FareShare Regional Centres across the country. In the last year, Tesco has provided enough surplus food for 3.5 million meals.
For more information and to sign up, visit faresharesussex.org.uk/latest-news
Report contributed by FareShare.