Saffron Walden Tesco customers urged to donate food to help people in need

Customers at Tesco in Saffron Walden were urged to donate food to help people in need last Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the supermarket giant held the biggest ever food collection in the UK.

Tesco worked with the food redistribution charity FareShare for the collection.

Customers at the Radwinter Road store were given a specially-selected shopping list when they entered the store and were asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods and tea and coffee before donating it at the end of their shop.

The food has been distributed to the local FareShare depot before being given to people in times of crisis.

Susie Diggons, community champion at Saffron Walden Tesco, said: “Our customers were incredibly generous and managed to collect an even larger total this time around.

“All our colleagues and volunteers from FareShare are really looking forward to the collection as it gives us a real opportunity to help local people who are in need.”

Tesco held its first national collection in July, raising the equivalent of 2.4 million meals. It will be topping up total donations by a further 30 per cent.