Photograph shows Nick Thomas-Symonds MP with Gwyneth Spadaro-Dutturi at the collection

From Thursday, November 30 to Saturday, December 2, more than 2,600 Tesco stores across the UK took part in the annual Food Collection, which encourages shoppers to donate long-life foods to help charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network to give food and support to people who might otherwise go hungry this Christmas.

Mr. Thomas-Symonds visited the Tesco store in Pontypool on Saturday 2 December to support the appeal, which last year collected 3.6 million meals for people in need. The food donated to foodbanks in The Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency food parcels to people referred because they are unable to feed themselves and their families. Food donated to FareShare is distributed to charities and community groups who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters. More than 43 million meals have been donated to the food charities by generous Tesco customers since the scheme began.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP said: “It is awful that food banks exist in the world’s sixth-richest country in 2017. But we should never forget the magnificent work staff at foodbanks do. It was also wonderful to see local people who gave so much food to help others: their generosity of spirit was inspirational.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare said: “For charities doing their best to feed some of the most vulnerable over the Christmas period, these donations make a huge difference.”

Samantha Stapley, Operations Manager for The Trussell Trust said: “Trussell Trust foodbanks across the country will be doing all they can to provide emergency support so people don’t go hungry – but to make sure we’re prepared for what could be our busiest December yet. Your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

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