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Bishop's Stortford Food Bank to benefit from Tesco summer campaign

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Tesco’s Bishop’s Stortford store at Bishop’s Park will be ramping up its support of the town’s food bank this summer.

Across the country, the supermarket chain will be asking customers to donate long-life groceries to the Trussell Trust and FareShare. Tesco will add to customers’ contributions with a 20% cash top-up.

In Bishop’s Stortford, the food bank, based at the Methodist Church in South Street, will benefit from the extra supplies given by shoppers, but not the cash.

Tesco donations (47180544)
Tesco donations (47180544)

Donations will be taken to the warehouse of its sister food bank in Harlow, where its volunteers pack food parcels ready for distribution. This enables Stortford's food bank to operate with a much smaller storage area at the Methodist Church than it would otherwise need.

Tesco UK & Northern Ireland chief executive Jason Tarry said: “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.

"That's why we've 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.”

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive at FareShare, said: “Demand for food from the communities we serve remains very high and, with the combination of the pandemic and many families struggling to afford to eat during the school holidays when free school meals aren't available, we anticipate this will continue to be the case for many months."

Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, added: “No one should face the indignity of needing emergency food. Every donation makes such a difference and helps food banks in our network provide the best possible emergency support while we work together towards building a hunger-free future.”

The summer collection will take place in large Tesco stores from July 15 to 17 and in Tesco Express stores from July 12 to August 28. It is in addition to the annual pre-Christmas Tesco food collection.

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