Dungannon shoppers donate meals

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Shoppers in Dungannon & South Tyrone demonstrated their generosity earlier this month, by donating 5,343 meals to foodbank 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.

Shoppers were invited to donate food in their local Tesco store in Dungannon & South Tyrone between December 1 and 3 to benefit local charities and people referred to foodbanks.

The food collected in Dungannon & South Tyrone helped contribute to the estimated total of three million meals collected for the charities by all Tesco stores nationwide this month.

Tony McElroy, Head of Communications in Northern Ireland, at Tesco said: “We’re thrilled with the huge number of food donations we’ve had in Dungannon & South Tyrone, 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 Dungannon & South Tyrone. 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.

David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust said: “Every year Trussell Trust foodbanks 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. The staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, means foodbanks in Dungannon & South Tyrone will be able to provide vital food and support to local people who are struggling during what could be our busiest December yet. Thank you for your support - your generosity will help stop hunger in Dungannon & South Tyrone this Christmas.”

Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection launched in 2012, the equivalent of more 41 million meals have been donated to people in need by generous Tesco customers. For more information about the Neighbourhood Food Collection, go to www.tesco.com/food-collection