A food collection that took place in a Wrexham supermarket has been hailed as a major success by local Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths.
Earlier this month, Tesco, in conjunction with the Trussell Trust and FareShare, held a National Food Collection which encouraged customers to purchase and donate an extra, non-perishable item.
Wrexham AM Ms Griffiths attended the collection and has praised the generosity of local residents.
In total, the Tesco Wrexham store collected enough food to provide 4,780 meals to those in need in the local area.
Between 3 July and 5 July, collections took place at Tesco stores nationwide. Customer donations, combined with the company’s 30% top up meant that altogether enough food was collected to provide 5.1 million meals.
Since holding their first Food Collection in December 2012, Tesco has now donated 15.3 million meals to help FareShare and the Trussell Trust feed people in need across the UK.
In 2013-14 foodbanks fed over 913,000 people nationwide.
Lesley Griffiths AM said:
“Whilst it is disappointing there is an increasing demand for foodbanks, the general public’s response to the appeals is always heartening.”
“Thanks to the generosity of Tesco customers, colleagues and volunteers from FareShare and the Trussell Trust, the collection was a great success.”
“In just three days, customers in Wrexham contributed enough food to provide almost 4,800 meals to people in need in our region which is a fantastic effort.”
“I am pleased so many people support this valuable service which really makes a positive difference to vulnerable people’s lives in our local community.”