From Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1, Clay Cross Tesco store on Bridge Street, Clay Cross will be taking part in the annual Food Collection, which encourages shoppers to donate long-life foods to help charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network give food and support to people who might otherwise go hungry this Christmas.
The food donated to Clay Cross Foodbank will be given in emergency food parcels to local people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. The Clay Cross Foodbank provides three days’ worth of emergency food to people in crisis. Everyone that goes to the foodbank is referred there by a frontline agency or professional, such as a Health Worker, Citizens Advice or Children’s Centre.
It is the 11th collection to have taken place in the UK, and Tesco is topping up the value of the food donated by the public by 20%, providing additional funds to support the foodbank’s work.
Foodbank volunteers in store will greet customers with a list of items most needed by the charities, with shoppers encouraged to pick up items to donate at the end of their shop.
Across the UK last year, more than 3.34 million meals were donated to the food charities by generous Tesco customers last year, and the foodbank is hoping that shoppers in Clay Cross will be just as generous this time around.
Clay Cross Foodbank Manager, Andrew Fellows says:
“No one in Clay Cross should need a foodbank at any time of year. We want to see a future where our work won’t be needed, but until then we’ll do all we can to provide help to local people. We’re expecting this December will be really busy, and we need your help to make sure people in our area don’t face going hungry this Christmas.
“It’s easy to make a difference. This Thursday, Friday or Saturday our volunteers will be collecting in store so you can have a chat with them about our work and which items are most needed. This is our 7th year of collecting in store, and we’ve been overwhelmed in past collections by the generosity of the community in helping each other. We’d love to have as much support again this December.”
The foodbank opened in 2012 and is part of The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network. In the last financial year, Clay Cross Foodbank provided 2,500 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. 900 of these packages went to children. To find out more visit the Clay Cross Foodbank website here.