This week staff members Lacey, Glen and Georgia alongside a Companion took part in the UK's largest food collection to become #FoodHero's, collecting food donations for FareShare and the Foodbank in their local Tesco store. This was something that staff and Companions were keen to support, knowing that the food collected would make a big difference to the 8.4 million people currently living in food poverty in the UK.

To become #FoodHero's they had to volunteer for 3 hours in the local Tesco store handing out shopping lists to customers with examples of ideal items to donate and then collect these items from shoppers after they had paid.

Two trolleys full of food was donated during the 3 hour shift

During the three hours, the team collected two large trolleys full of long life food! All of the food donated over the Food Collection weekend will now be collected and then redistributed to organisations and charities that support people in need to end food poverty. 

Food collected by Emmaus South Wales

Emmaus South Wales were keen to be involved with the Food Collection, not only to raise as much food donations as possible but also to raise awareness of the charity partners, FareShare and the Foodbank. The Emmaus South Wales Community receive food deliveries from FareShare every week and not only ensures Companions have a balanced diet, but also reduces waste in the food industry. The Bridgend Foodbank also support Emmaus South Wales by donating long life food that is in catering size packages. 

The Tesco Food Collection started in 2012 and is part Tesco's ongoing effort to encourage customers to donate long life food to charity. Since its beginnings 6 years ago, the scheme has collected 49 million meals. This includes customer donations as well as the 20% top-up from Tesco and food donated to our permanent food collection points.

The Tesco Food Collection supports two charities who are helping to feed people in need in local communities around the UK.

Trussell Trust foodbanks provide three days of emergency food to individuals and families in crisis. Frontline, professional agencies like the Citizen's Advice Bureau and children centres refer people in need to their local foodbank. By donating food, you can help support local people in a simple practical way. Visit the Trussell Trust website for more details.

FareShare is a UK-wide charity that redistributes food that would otherwise go to waste to charities and community groups, including homeless shelters, children's breakfast clubs, and domestic violence refuges. These organisations turn the food into nutritious meals and provide life-changing support. Visit the FareShare website to learn more.

Food collection for Fareshare and the Foodbank

A massive thank you to every Tesco customer who donated during Emmaus South Wales' 3 hour voluntary shift. Your donation will make a big difference to peoples lives. If you didn't get chance to donate during the Food Collection weekend, don't worry! There is always a food collection at your local Tesco store, usually located at the entrance.