Locals support supermarket’s food donations

Tesco staff Sharon Walsh, Heather Ellis, Theresa McDonagh, Maria O'Prey and Peter Brady who helped coordinate the food collection in the Newtownabbey store. INNT 30-023-FP
Tesco staff Sharon Walsh, Heather Ellis, Theresa McDonagh, Maria O'Prey and Peter Brady who helped coordinate the food collection in the Newtownabbey store. INNT 30-023-FP

Tesco has thanked the thousands of generous local people who helped its recent food drive by donating over 6,000 meals to two charities.

The supermarket encouraged its customers to pick up an extra meal during their shopping for the week long charity drive during National Food Collection Week last month.

The retailer than topped up the donations by 30 per cent and donated the entire collection to food charities, the Trussell Trust and FareShare.

Over 90,000 meals were donated from across Northern Ireland with Newtownabbey customers donating 6,337 meals to the cause at collection points in the Northcott, Glengormley and Newtownabbey stores.

FareShare is a unique charity fighting hunger by redistributing surplus food to 60 local

Northern Ireland charities ranging from homeless shelters and women’s refuges to children’s breakfast clubs and luncheon clubs for the elderly.

Donations in store by Tesco customers help the charity to get hold of cupboard essentials to complement the fresh produce it receives from the food industry.

By ensuring good food is not wasted FareShare helps to feed thousands of people every day across the UK.

The collection also supported the Trussell Trust which has nine Northern Ireland foodbanks providing three days of emergency food to individuals and families in crisis.

Brendan Guidera, operations director for Tesco said: “To all our generous customers in Northern Ireland, we say a huge thank ou.

“Special thanks go the customers of our Newtownabbey, Northcott and Glengormley stores who have donated a staggering 6,337 meals which will be distributed locally to those in need.

“This is the UK’s biggest food collection event and with their help, we collected enough food for almost 90,000 families, elderly people and children facing crisis, many through no fault of their own.

“Newtownabbey people have big hearts and we are privileged to be able to tap into this to support these charities. ”

Across Tesco’s entire nationwide network of stores over 3.5 million meals were donated during the week long charity drive.