As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, Lichfield foodbank is calling on shoppers to donate food to this year’s Tesco Summer Food Collection.
From Thursday 30 June to Saturday 2 July, customers at Tesco Extra on Church Street will be encouraged to pick up an extra item or two to drop in special donation trollies on the way out of store.
This support is needed now more than ever, as families across the country are facing the biggest income squeeze in a generation and many people on the very lowest incomes are struggling to put food on the table. All food donations will be used to support people across the Lichfield area who are experiencing hardship and will be forced to use a food bank over the coming months.
The collection has been organised by Tesco who will generously top up customers’ food donations with a financial donation of 20% of the value of the items donated. Customers being asked to donate essential items of long-life food such as tinned meat and vegetables, long life milk and juices, pasta sauces and rice.
David Clarke, Chair of Lichfield foodbank, is urging local people in Lichfield to give generously to the food collection during their supermarket shop.
David, said: “No one in Lichfield should be facing hunger and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. While we work alongside other food banks in the Trussell Trust network to bring about long-term change to ensure everyone has enough money for the essentials, any donations of our most-needed items will be invaluable.
“Thanks to Tesco and the generosity of its customers, we hope to continue to offer vital support to families and children over the coming months, which we know will be particularly tough for many people in the local area.”
The Tesco food collection will take place in every Tesco store in the UK. It is the biggest collection of its kind and a vital source of food for the Trussell Trust.