Tesco has announced it is to hold an extra UK-wide Food Collection in its stores to support children and families this summer.
During the collection, which is due to take place in large Tesco stores from July 15 to 17 and in Express stores from July 12 to August 28, customers will be urged to donate long-life food to the Trussell Trust and FareShare.
Tesco has revealed it would also be topping up all customer donations with a 20% cash donation to the two charities.
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“Both the Trussell Trust and FareShare face extra demands during the summer, when children who would normally enjoy a healthy meal in school may miss out,” Tesco chief Jason Tarry said.
“That is why we have decided to hold this extra collection to help ensure that children across the UK can enjoy a happier and healthier summer without missing out on meals.”
The news follows as Asda has encouraged shoppers to donate food and hygiene products to charity to meet the “increased need” for essential goods.
Staff in 382 stores will set up signs showing customers which items local food banks are running low on.
The move is part of Asda’s Fight Hunger Create Change programme, a partnership also between the grocer and the two charities.