Generous Tesco customers have set the bar high in Sheffield by donating food for an incredible 9,339 meals during the eighth Neighbourhood Food Collection.
The collection took place between June 30 to July 2, in partnership with Tesco and charity partners The Trussell Trust and Fareshare. For many people, emergency food is just the first step in helping them access other services and support which can help get their lives back on track, so the importance of a food donation in helping someone overcome a crisis cannot be underestimated.
Burngreave Foodbank, part of The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, collected in the following Tesco stores: Tesco Extra on Savile Street and Tesco Metro, Berkeley Precinct, on Ecclesall Road.
In 2015-16, Burngreave Foodbank provided 1102 three day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis.
A spokesman for Burngreave said: “We want to say a massive thank you to everyone in Sheffield who took part in this summer’s Neighbourhood Food Collection. We saw some incredible donations from people in the community - there were several times when people donated whole trollies of food!. Whether you donated or volunteered in store this year, we want to say a sincere thank you because your generosity and support has a direct impact. It is only with the support of local people that the foodbank is able to continue giving vital help when someone is hit by something like illness, redundancy or an unexpected bill.”
During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, tinned vegetables and tinned fish. Many volunteers from the Burngreave Foodbank joined with Tesco staff in store to collect donations from kind-hearted customers. Tesco then topped up all donations by 20 per cent.