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Every little helps: Tescos across Havering take part in annual food collection for charities

PUBLISHED: 13:10 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:10 29 November 2018

Head chef Malcolm Falconer with Jason Hughes, Raymond Wyatt and Thomas Renicks. Food Collection. Picture: Michael Schofield

Head chef Malcolm Falconer with Jason Hughes, Raymond Wyatt and Thomas Renicks. Food Collection. Picture: Michael Schofield

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Shoppers at Tesco stores across Havering are being invited to put “a little something extra” in their basket to help people who find themselves in need this Christmas.

Some of the goods the store is collecting. Picture: TescoSome of the goods the store is collecting. Picture: Tesco

From today till Saturday, December 1, shops including Tesco Extra, Gallows Corner, Tesco Superstore in Hornchurch and Tesco Express in Upminster, are taking part in the annual food collection.

The initiative encourages residents to donate long-life goods to help charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust.

The former organisation distributes food to charities and community groups who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.

The latter provides emergency food parcels to those who have been referred and can not afford to feed their family.

Tesco has pledged to top up the value of the food donated by the public by 20per cent, providing additional funds to support the charities in their work this Christmas.

Tesco UK & Ireland CEO Jason Tarry said: “Tesco food collection scheme is the UK’s biggest Christmas food collection, and at Tesco we are glad to be playing our part in helping people in need this Christmas.

“We know that the items that our customers donate can make a real difference to people who really need that little bit of extra help this year - whether it is a food parcel for someone at a time of crisis, or a hot meal which means that a vulnerable person does not feel lonely this Christmas.

Emma Revie, chief executive at The Trussell Trust said: “Foodbanks across the country will be doing all they can to provide the best possible emergency support so people don’t go hungry - but to make sure we’re prepared for what could be our busiest December yet, our network needs your support.

“During every Food Collection we’ve been humbled by the staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, and as we look to the start of the collection, we would love to have your support once again- Your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare added: “For charities doing their best to feed some of the most vulnerable over the Christmas period, these donations make a huge difference.”

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