Thousands of meals have been donated to food banks thanks to the generosity of shoppers at Tesco Redditch.
Shoppers in Redditch donated 5,200 meals of the overall total of 2.5 million meals donated during the supermarket’s big collection last month.
The food is then donated to charities Trussell Trust and FareShare – with Tesco topping up the value of all the donations by an additional 20%.
The donations to food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network are being used to provide food parcels for people in crisis, while donations to FareShare go to charities and community groups such as homeless shelters and older people’s lunch clubs who also receive surplus food from Tesco stores.
Tesco director Christine Heffernan thanked customers for their donations.
“On my visits to stores during the Collection I was taken aback by the generosity of our customers.
“I would like to thank all those who donated and we will be doing our bit by topping up all the donations by 20%.”
The Trussell Trust’s chief executive Emma Revie said the charity’s work could not be done without the ‘incredible support of the public’.