Customers at Tesco in West Lancashire were invited to donate food in store between Friday 29 November and Sunday 1 December, as the retailer again geared up to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.
Tesco teamed up with foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare to hold the third Neighbourhood Food Collection.
Customers at the Tesco Ormskirk were given a special shopping list when they entered the store and were asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods and tea and coffee before donating it at the end of their shop.
The food will now be distributed to the local foodbank or FareShare depot before being given to people in times of need.
Paul Halliwell, store manager at Tesco Ormskirk said:
"In the run up to Christmas we wanted to do our bit to feed those in need and the volunteers we had in the store from the two charities were fantastic. Our customers were incredibly generous and I would like to thank them all for their support.”
The volunteers were also joined by Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire. Ms Cooper said:
“Having met with West Lancashire foodbanks I know what a vital lifeline they provide for so many people and their families in the area. The food kindly donated by Tesco Ormskirk customers will make a massive difference during a difficult time of year for many people.
“Thank you to everyone who donated and to Tesco for their support in collecting the food and topping up those donations."
Tesco will be topping up all total donations by a further 30%.