A new way to donate food to those in need

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Tesco has launched a new permanent food collection point in its Buckingham superstore, so customers can donate store cupboard essentials to people in need.

The collection points are being based in Tesco stores nationwide, as part of Tesco’s partnership with charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust. All donations will be topped up financially by 20 per cent by the supermarket giant.

Tesco customers and staff already support food banks via the twice-yearly Neighbourhood Food Collections. The new permanent food collection point in Tesco Buckingham is the 600th across the country, enabling customers to donate food items all year round.

Rachel Finn, head of community food programmes at Tesco, said: “We know our customers in Buckingham want to be able to donate food on a regular basis and the steady supply of food year-round is vital to our partner charities.

“We have a proud history of supporting charities that help people in need and since 2012 we have helped raise over 30 million meals for FareShare and The Trussell Trust.”

David McAuley, chief executive of The Trussell Trust, said: “New permanent food collection points and the continued generosity of Tesco customers will help provide food banks with a consistent supply of high-quality food, year round, to make sure that people have access to the help they need at the point of crisis.”

The Tesco Buckingham food collection point is not connected with the Buckingham Food Bank run by Buckingham Parish Church.