Tesco Crewe to Hold Charity Food Collection On 5th/6th July

By Rach Griffiths

Local supermarket Tesco in Crewe have been joining in with all other Tesco stores across the UK by holding a special charitable collection of food during today (5th) and Saturday 6th July on behalf of the Trussell Trust foodbank charity.

Trussell-Trust-logoI went down to see what was going on instore and spoke to staff member Anthony Noden about the collection and what kind of items are suitable for donation.

Anthony said:-
” Todays collection is going really well.
We have had volunteers from the Trussell Trust working hard today in our store taking lots of donations by kind shoppers for which we are very grateful to them for.
We started at 9am this morning and will be here until 10pm tonight collecting items from the generous public.
If you are visiting our store today the are volunteers giving out shopping lists of items that are much needed to stock up the foodbank warehouse based in Nantwich.
The collection will be happening again tomorrow from 9am until 10pm just like today.
If you cannot get to our Crewe store you can also visit our Tesco Wistaston express store at 613 Crewe Road or our Tesco Crewe Arms store by the Railway station”.

One in five parents in the UK are struggling to feed their children, new research has revealed.
The research shows more than twenty per cent of parents have skipped meals, gone without food to feed their children or relied on family members or friends for food in the last twelve months.

The research, carried out by Tesco, the Foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare comes as the three organisations prepare to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK on the 5th and 6th of July.

I managed to have a quick chat with foodbank volunteer Alan who was busy at the collection point.
I asked him what his duties have been today.

Alan commented:-
My job is today involves taking the donations from the kind people and sorting them out into separate crates such as, Tins, Jars, Cartons and so on.
This will make it easier for our foodbank volunteers to stock out our warehouse quickly and efficiently.
Every single item donated today will make a huge difference.
If every single person who visits the store today donated one item, it would make a big difference to the people in our community who need it most.

70% of families suffering from food poverty with children in primary school education rely in some part on food supplied by schools, either through free school meals or food given out by breakfast or after school clubs. The upcoming school summer holidays could now see a large number of children going hungry.
More than a quarter of parents suffering from some form of food poverty said they were unable to provide food for all the meals their children need during the school holidays.

Tesco colleagues, volunteers from FareShare and the Trussell Trust and members of the Tesco Retired Staff Association are helping customers donate food on the collection days.
The collection runs from 9am until 10pm on both days.

Make sure you ask the friendly staff and volunteers for a shopping list when you enter the store or you can have a sneaky peek at it on our gallery of pictures below.

Please think about popping an extra tin or packeted item into your trolley if you are visiting the store this weekend.
For more information please follow the Crewe store on the following link and use the hashtag #everycanhelps https://twitter.com/TescoCrewe

You can also visit the Trussell Trust main website here Trussell trust

Story & Photos ©Rach Griffiths 2013