Generous Tesco shoppers in Exmouth have donated 1,676 meals to a pair of food poverty charities.
Customers at stores in Salterton Road and Rolle Street have been thanked for their contributions.
The Tesco Food Collection ran in all of the supermarket giant’s outlets. from November 21 to 23.
In total, 2.5million meals were donated – a 20 per cent year-on-year increase.
Donations to food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network are being used to provide parcels for people in crisis.
FareShare supports cuases and community groups such as homeless shelters and older people’s lunch clubs.
We are hugely grateful to every single person who volunteered and donated items – it was wonderful to see so many passionate people lending a hand to support us – Lindsay Boswell, FareShare
Tesco director Christine Heffernan said: “I was taken aback by the generosity of our customers. I would like to thank all those who donated.”
The Trussell Trust’s chief executive Emma Revie added: “Food banks could not do what they do without the incredible support of the public and their loyal volunteers, who work tirelessly to help people when they need support the most.
“An emergency food parcel, listening ear and compassionate, practical advice at the food bank can make a real difference when someone is facing a crisis. Any donations help make that difference.”
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive at FareShare, said: “We are hugely grateful to every single person who volunteered and donated items – it was wonderful to see so many passionate people lending a hand to support us.
“All items donated by Tesco customers will be redistributed by FareShare to charities and community organisations and will help to ensure more people get a hot, nutritious meal.”