East Devon Tesco stores appeal for extra food bank donations in wake of Covid crisis

Tesco stores in East Devon are holding extra food bank collections in the coming days in response to an increase in demand for services during the pandemic.

The supermarket summer food collection across East Devon is to support the Trussell Trust and FareShare charities as they respond to an increased demand for food in the wake of the pandemic.

From August 20 to 22 customers can donate essential items of long-life food to the good causes. Tesco will top up all customer donations with an additional 20 per cent donation in cash to the two charities.

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FareShare said it has seen its highest-ever demand for food from the thousands of local charities and community groups it supports, while the Trussell Trust said food bank need has soared by more than 80 per cent.

The extra summer food collection is in addition to the pre-Christmas Tesco food collection the supermarket holds annually in November for FareShare and the Trussell Trust.

David Page, Tesco director, said: “This is a really challenging time for the two charities because of the big rise in demand on them for food.

“Our customers have responded with incredible generosity to our food collections in the past, donating more than thirty-nine million meals.

“I hope they will give generously again, because there are a lot of people who need a helping hand at the moment and this appeal will make a real difference to them.”

Emma Greenwood, Trussell Trust South West manager, said: “Over the last few months, we’ve been truly humbled to see how much people are willing to give and the difference this can make when someone is in crisis.

“As we look to the coming months, more people than ever are likely to need a food bank.

“This isn’t right. Everyone should be able to afford their own food.

“Every donation made during Tesco’s summer food collection will help food banks in our network provide the best possible emergency help to people referred at an uncertain time.”

Phoebe Ruxton, for FareShare, said:  “Applications from charities and community groups needing vital food supplies have tripled since the start of the lockdown.

“The crisis is far from over and we are incredibly thankful to Tesco for running this emergency food collection, as it will ensure we can continue to support frontline charities helping to feed those who are most vulnerable right now.”

Tesco customers who are unable to give to the collection in store can now also support the campaign by donating their Clubcard vouchers to the charities.

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