3.6 million meals for people in need

July 2015

Wow, you donated 3.6 million meals for people in need at our recent Neighbourhood Food Collection – an amazing increase of 13% on last summer’s event. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone that took part, your support will make a big difference to vulnerable people across the UK.

The total of meals donated to people in need since The Neighbourhood Food Collection began in December 2012 is now at 27.5 million. This includes food donated at in-store permanent collection points, local collections, Tesco’s 30% top-up, plus surplus food from Tesco’s dotcom distribution centres. The total figure for 2015 alone is over 6 million.

Volunteers at Neighbourhood Food CollectionErin and Zoe collect food in Tesco Leytonstone 

The food collected will benefit people living in food poverty, many of whom are parents struggling with food costs due to lack of free school meals over the long summer holiday. Over 800,000 families have to pay for childcare costs, with this averaging out at £64 a week.  More than a quarter of families also rely on the help of grandparents or other extended family just to ensure that their children have sufficient food during the holidays.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “Yet again we have been blown away by everyone’s generosity. We are very grateful to Tesco and their colleagues for hosting the event, our amazing volunteers and partner organisations across the country who selflessly gave up their time to help collect food donations to the great British public who responded so generously to the call for action.

“The food will now be redistributed to over 1,923 charities and community projects supported by FareShare, including play schemes supporting children and families over the holidays as well as homeless hostels, domestic violence refuges and older people’s lunch clubs. The donations from this Neighbourhood Food Collection will make a huge difference to these organisations’ ability to not only serve nutritious meals for people in need but also to provide additional support to help people back on their feet. Thank you!”

Full trolleyA trolley full of donated food

Daniel MaidstoneDonors were of all ages in Maidstone

From all our fantastic volunteers who engaged with shoppers, to the many generous customers who donated when so many go without, and to Tesco who topped up all donations by 30% – thank you!

Follow our work to see how the food is used on twitter @FareShareUK and like us on facebook.

If you have any questions, email foodcollection@fareshare.org.uk.

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