Harlow Foodbank urges community to donate to summer food collection in Tesco stores

Communities / Fri 16th Jul 2021 at 07:25am

HARLOW Foodbank is asking shoppers to support people in crisis this summer by donating to the Tesco Summer Food Collection. 

From Thursday 15 July to Saturday 17 July special donation points will be put up at all Harlow Tesco stores with customers being asked to donate essential items of long-life food such as tinned veg,  rice pudding, tinned fruit, tinned fish and cooking oil.

The collection has been organised by Tesco as part of a drive to help support children and families throughout the summer holidays.

The supermarket will generously top up customers’ food donations with a financial donation of 20% of the value of the items donated, which will support Harlow Foodbank in the provision of emergency food parcels and practical support.

Andy Thornton, CEO of MRCT who run Harlow Foodbank, is urging local peopleto support the food collection during their supermarket shop.

Andy said: 

In the last year, we provided 3,620 emergency food parcels to over 8,000 people in crisis in the local area. But we know it doesn’t have to be like this.

“No one in Harlow should be facing hunger. We want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. 

“However, while we work to tackle the reasons why people don’t have enough money for the basics, any donations of our most-needed items will be invaluable. Thanks to Tesco and the generosity of its customers, we hope to continue to offer vital support to families and children throughout the summer months.”

The Trussell Trust, which supports a network of over 1,300 food banks including Harlow Foodbank, has seen its highest ever demand for emergency food parcels over the last year.

Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, said:

“Food banks do all they can to help families meet the extra financial pressures of the summer holidays. But your support by donating during the Tesco Summer Food Collection this month will be vital in helping food banks provide the best possible support to families in crisis today, while working towards a future where everyone has enough for the essentials.

“Thank you for your generosity – together we can make a difference.” 

The Tesco Summer Food Collection will take place in Tesco Superstores and Tesco Extra stores from Thursday 15 July to Saturday 17 July, and in Tesco Express stores from Monday 12 July to Saturday 28 August

The event is in addition to the pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection which Tesco holds annually at the end of November.

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