Mhairi Black MP has thrown her support behind a nationwide food collection to help people who find themselves in need this Christmas.
From Thursday, November 30 to Saturday, December 2, more than 2,600 Tesco stores across the UK are taking part in the annual Food Collection, which encourages shoppers to donate long-life foods to help charity The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network to give food and support to people who might otherwise go hungry this Christmas.
Mhairi visited the Tesco store in Paisley to support the appeal, which last year collected 3.6 million meals for people in need. All the donations collected in Renfrewshire over the weekend will be donated to the Renfrewshire food bank.
More than 43 million meals have been donated to the food charities by generous Tesco customers since the scheme began, and the supermarket is hoping that shoppers will be just as generous this year.
Mhairi Black MP said
“At this time of year it’s good to think of others, and I would encourage shoppers to take part in this year’s Food Collection as it will make a real difference to people in need of food this Christmas.
“People should not have to rely on food banks however this is the reality that we live in. People will go hungry this winter and any support provided will help immensely. Well done to everyone involved in this year’s collection.”
Samantha Stapley, Operations Manager for The Trussell Trust said: “Trussell Trust foodbanks across the country will be doing all they can to provide emergency support so people don’t go hungry – but to make sure we’re prepared for what could be our busiest December yet, our network needs your support.
“During every Food Collection we’ve been humbled by the staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, and as we look to the start of the tenth collection, we would love to have your support once again. Your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”