Jo Kilner, Volunteering Development Assistant at the FareShare food redistribution charity, has let us know about the annual Tesco Food Collection which is taking place in Tesco stores across the UK during November 19 – 21. They need volunteers to help collect food donations for just three hours in their local Tesco store. She writes:
It would be brilliant if you could give us a hand and promote this opportunity across Cheshire East Council (Unitary) via your internal and external newsletters, emails and other communications.
You staff will no doubt be community-minded people, and the Tesco Food Collection is an easy and sociable way to do something that makes a huge difference to vulnerable people by tackling food waste and fighting hunger.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic:
- 1.5 million people have gone a day without eating
- 8 million adults have experienced food insecurity
- More than 1.5 million people in households with children are unable to access food for economic reasons
- The number of adults who are food insecure in Britain is estimated to have quadrupled
Many families face financial strain over winter but in 2020 many more people will be facing real hardship as a result of the pandemic, and for them Christmas will be unbelievably tough.
Whilst we receive a steady supply of fresh food from the food industry, we still need longer-life (ambient) items such as rice, tea and tinned goods so this food can be made into nutritious meals. This is where you can step in and make a real difference to the lives of people in need. Food collected at Tesco will be redistributed to over 11,000 organisations supporting those in need this Christmas – including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, older people's lunch clubs and domestic violence refuges.
The 2020 Tesco Food Collection will take place 19 – 21 November. You will be able to sign up for a three hour shift on any of these days. You will be directing the attention of customers to the FareShare shopping list as they enter the shop. The shopping list helps customers know what types of food to buy and donate to FareShare and it’s based on what our network of charities have asked for. The shopping list is in priority order showing the food our network requires most. It’s possible to sign up as an individual or create a team to bring friends and family (from the same household) along.
We understand that this is a very difficult time and only ask you to volunteer if you are fit, willing and able. The health and safety of FareShare’s volunteers is our number one priority, so please do not volunteer if you have been, or are, shielding, or are required to self-isolate.
Staying safe whilst volunteering in store:
- You will be asked to bring your own face covering to wear whilst in store
- You will not be approaching customers directly but holding a ‘lollipop’ sign (which will be sanitised between shifts)
- You will be able to sanitise your hands as often as you want with the sanitiser provided.
A volunteer from last year’s collection commented “I worked with a great fellow volunteer and we received some very generous donations from customers. Fabulous day!”
We hope you can spare the time to help us out this year, so we can collect even more food for vulnerable people this Christmas. If you have any questions please do contact me and the food collection team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0800 711 7073.
Sign up here!