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Generous shoppers help foodbank collections

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Shoppers across the Thames Valley are showing a can-do attitude as a three-day collection for foodbanks gets underway. 

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Every Tesco store in the country is collecting food from a specially devised shopping list until Saturday, July 5. 

The Neighbourhood Food Collection is a partnership between the supermarket and FareShare. On entering a store, shoppers can collect a shopping list of store cupboard staples. As they go about their weekly shop, they can then places items from the list into their trolleys, pay for them and then donate them at collection points on the way out.

Tesco has pledged to top up the donations with a further 30% – so if 100 cans of potatoes are donated, Tesco will add another 30 to the pile.  

David Atkinson from Wokingham’s Foodbank is delighted with how the first day, Thursday, July 3, went. 

In a Facebook post, he said: “[We have] already recieved over 200Kgs of donated food.”

The collection needs your help, as David added: “Please come along, say hello to our wonderful volunteers, pick up a shopping list and deposit one or two items in the baskets in the foyer. Help those who are having difficulty feeding themselves and their families in our town!”

All food donated at Tesco foodbank collections goes directly to the local foodbank, it is then given to people who are referred to receive emergency food due to a crisis. 

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