Chichester Tesco store extends summer food collection for children and families

Tesco has extended its charitable food collection period in Chichester to support children and families this summer.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 11:14 am

The collection will take place in the South Street Express store from July 12 to August 28, with customers urged to donate long-life food to the Trussell Trust and FareShare to

help them in their vital work to support families in need.

Tesco said it will once again be topping up all Chichester customer donations with a 20 per cent cash donation to the two charities.

The collection will take place in the South Street Express store from July 12 to August 28

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and Northern Ireland CEO said: “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 is why we have 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.”

FareShare and the Trussell Trust have welcomed the announcement of the extra collection.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “At FareShare, the 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 are not available, we anticipate this will continue to be the case for many months.

"We are incredibly grateful to Tesco for running this additional summer food collection, which will ensure that we can continue supporting the thousands of charities feeding the most vulnerable children and families across the UK.”

Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, said 'no-one should face the indignity of needing emergency food'.

"Yet in the last year, food banks in our network provided record numbers of emergency food parcels to people struggling to afford the essentials," she added.

"This is not right but we know we can build a better future. 

"Thanks to the incredible ongoing generosity of Tesco, we are thrilled that customers will be able to support food banks during the Summer Food Collection.

"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.”

Tesco said the summer collection is in addition to the annual pre-Christmas food collection.