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15th Aug, 2022

Redditch Foodbank in plea to support major Tesco donation drive

PEOPLE in Redditch are being urged to support the UK’s biggest food donation event this summer, with charities launching a huge recruitment drive for volunteers.

This year the Trussell Trust and FareShare are marking 10 years of working in partnership with Tesco to collect food donations in its supermarkets, and with both charities reporting increasing need for food, those donations have never been more important.

The two charities have now put a call out for volunteers to help out at collection points in stores during the Tesco Food Collection, which takes place at the supermarket Redditch store from June 30 to July 2.

The Revd Ian Evans, manager at Redditch Foodbank, said: “As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, millions of people across the country are struggling to survive.

“We know that too many families will be forced to use a foodbank over the coming months because they are unable to afford the essentials.

“Supporting the Tesco food collection this summer by volunteering could make all the difference to your local food bank during this busy period.

“You could donate a couple of hours of time and volunteer during the collection or alternatively, you could donate food. Please do get in touch to hear about volunteering opportunities.”

During the collection customers will be asked to donate long-life food to help food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network provide food parcels to people facing financial hardship and to help FareShare in supporting thousands of frontline charities and community groups across the UK.

Every can or packet donated will make a difference, with the Trussell Trust’s network of foodbank centres across the UK reporting a 14 per cent increase in food parcels handed out last year and more than 75 per cent of the charity and community groups supplied by FareShare reporting an increase in demand.

To volunteer, call the Foodbank on 01527 69161 or visit: https://redditch.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/

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