Southwark Tesco stores are holding an extra summer food collection for the Trussell Trust and FareShare this week.
From August 20 to 22 special donation points will be put up at every Tesco Superstore and Extra store in Southwark, with customers being asked to donate essential items of long-life food. Tesco will top up all customer donations with an additional 20 per cent donation in cash to the two charities.
FareShare has seen its highest ever demand for food from the thousands of local charities and community groups it supports, whilst the Trussell Trust has seen need at food banks in its network soar by more than 80 per cent since lockdown.
Sam Allen, the Trussell Trust’s area manager for south London, explained: “Over the last few months, we’ve been truly humbled to see how much people in Southwark are willing to give and the difference this can make when someone is in crisis.
“As we look to the coming months, more people than ever are likely to need to use a food bank. This isn’t right. Everyone should be able to afford their own food.
“Every donation made during Tesco’s summer food collection will help food banks in our network provide the best possible emergency help to people referred at an uncertain time.”