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Thousands of meals donated across north-east by Tesco shoppers to help struggling families

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Thousands of meals have been donated to food banks and groups feeding people in the local community thanks to the generosity of Tesco shoppers in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

More than 15,700 meals were provided as part of an overall total of 2.5 million meals donated to charities, the Trussell Trust and FareShare, during the initiative, with the retailer topping up customer donations by an additional 20%.

The donations to food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network are being used to provide food parcels for people in crisis, while donations to FareShare go to charities and community groups such as homeless shelters and older people’s lunch clubs who also receive surplus food from Tesco stores.

In the year to October, more than seven million meals were donated to food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network at those in-store collection points.

Tesco director Christine Heffernan has thanked customers for their donations.

She said: “On my visits to stores, I was taken aback by the generosity of our customers.

“We will be doing our bit by topping up all the donations by 20%.”

The Trussell Trust’s Chief Executive Emma Revie also thanked customers and said: “Food banks up and down the country could not do what they do without the incredible support of the public and their loyal volunteers who work tirelessly to help people.”

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