Tesco shoppers in Widnes came out in the force to support a recent Neighbourhood Food Collection for Widnes Foodbank.
Thanks to the generous support from customers, foodbank volunteers were able to collect a staggering weight of 1095.1kg of food equivalent to 4,563 meals. Tesco will then top this up by 20%, bringing the total monetary value of food donated to £2,436.
In addition to the food collected, volunteers also collected more than £104 in monetary contributions which was spent on food items in shorter supply at the foodbank.
The Neighbourhood Food Collection is part of a national venture between Tesco, The Trussell Trust and FareShare. Two collections are held each year in summer and winter, with this being the eighth event to take place. We are very grateful for the enthusiasm and support of Denise Gwillym, Tesco’s Community Champion, and the Manager and staff of our local Tesco store.
Bess Smith, who organised the collection, said;
“We are so pleased to have a loyal team of volunteers who turn up at each Tesco collection. We’re really grateful too that shoppers have donated more than £2,000 worth of food. But ultimately, you can’t put a price on the lifeline this will provide to local families in need.”
The food donated will be distributed at five centres across the town – one of which will be the former St Marie’s Parish Hall on Lugsdale Road, from 10am until 1pm each Friday. This centre recently opened to replace a previous centre at The Foundry Church.