Tesco has announced plans to install more than 250 new food donation points at its Superstores and Tesco Extra stores throughout the country.
According to the grocer, the food donations made by shoppers will be given to Trussell Trust food bank or FareShare – a charity network aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK.
The new donation point means that shoppers can drop off donations of long-life food whenever they are in store, with Tesco “topping up customer donations by an additional 20% in the form of a cash donation to the charity”.
Tesco previously had food donation points at more than 500 stores, but with the installation of new units it will now have a donation point for either Trussell Trust or for FareShare at every one of its 800-plus large stores in the UK.
According to Claire de Silva, head of community at Tesco, “Covid-19 has placed huge demands on food charities”.
She said: “FareShare has been supporting 12,000 frontline charity and community groups, while food banks in the Trussell Trust network provided a record 1.2 million food parcels during the first six months of the pandemic.”
Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, added: “Over the last year, we have been truly humbled to see how much people are willing to donate to food banks in our network through supermarket donation points at Tesco.
“Thanks to Tesco’s ongoing support, the installation of new donation points at stores across the UK will allow shoppers to donate food and help people in crisis within their local community all-year round, while we work in the long term to build a hunger free future.”