Imon Hart MP has welcomed the generosity of shoppers in Carmarthen who donated 4,180 meals to food bank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare for Tesco's Neighbourhood Food Collection.
The Neighbourhood Food Collection runs in all Tesco stores across the country, to collect vital store cupboard essential foods, such as rice, tea, tinned meat and UHT milk for people in need over the festive period. Local MP Simon Hart was on hand to launch the collection at Carmarthen's Tesco which took place between December 1 and 3 to benefit local charities and people referred to food banks.
The food collected in Carmarthen helped contribute towards the estimated total of 2.8 million meals collected for the charities by all Tesco stores nationwide this month. Since its foundation in 2012, Tesco's Neighbourhood Food Collection has raised 41 million meals.
Rhodri Evans, Tesco Local Communications Manager for Carmarthen said: "We're thrilled with the huge number of food donations we've had in Carmarthen resulting in such an amazing number of meals to give to those in need this Christmas and beyond.
"It really demonstrates the generosity of the people of Carmarthen. Thank you for once again supporting us, and making this collection so successful!"
The donations come at a vital time when The Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase for their support. Last year the trust's food banks provided 1,109,309 emergency three day food supplies for people living in the UK.
Everyone who comes to one of the 420 Trussell Trust food banks is referred by a frontline professional like a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor or children's centre.
Tesco also tops up customer donations by 20%, the only retailer to top up customer donations in this way - helping the charities grow and provide additional support to people in need.
David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust said: "Every year Trussell Trust food banks see a significant seasonal spike in the volume of people needing emergency food during the lead up to Christmas; last December we saw a 45% increase in the number of parcels provided compared to the average for the rest of the year.tail/story.html#3g4frzlP2RZ5T1Xt.99
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