Food charity’s ‘immense’ thanks to Exmouth supermarket shoppers donating thousands of meals to vulnerable people

Exmouth Tesco shoppers have been thanked for donating more than 1,000 meals to support those in need this winter.

The Salterton Road supermarket customers gave the meals during the store’s annual November food collection drive, supporting the work of Trussell Trust and FareShare.

The Exmouth shoppers donated 1,042 meals through gifts of packets, boxes and tins, which was topped up by Tesco.

Claire De Silva, Tesco’s head of community, thanked those in Exmouth who supported the annual collection during what had been a ‘particularly challenging year’.

She said: “With most of the UK in lockdown holding the collection was always going to be a challenge, but once again we have been amazed by the generosity of our Exmouth customers – and the fact that we have now collected more than a million meals nationally is amazing.

“We know that every single can, jar or packet donated is helping someone who needs support this winter.

“We are immensely proud of the vital support our customers and colleagues have been able to give to the two charities in these very challenging times.”

Phoebe Ruxton, spokeswoman for FareShare South West, said: “This year has been so difficult for so many people and FareShare has seen demand for our food skyrocket.

“We continue to provide over two million meals per week to vulnerable communities across the UK, and ninety per cent of the organisations we work with expect demand to remain the same as at peak crisis levels, or even increase through the winter.

“We are immensely grateful to every single person in Exmouth who donated food during this year’s Tesco Food Collection.”

The food collection ran for three days and customer donations were topped up by 20 per cent by Tesco.

Trussell Trust CEO Emma Revie said throughout 2020, communities across the UK have stepped in to help people left without enough money for the basics.

She said: “We have been truly humbled to see how much people are willing to give to food banks in our network as they face their busiest winter ever.

“It’s not right that any of us are forced to a charity for food but thanks to the incredible compassion and generosity of Tesco customers during the Tesco Food Collection, food banks in our network are able to continue to provide the lifeline of emergency support for local people in crisis this winter, while we work in the long term to build a hunger-free future.”

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