MP Andrew Gwynne headed to his local Tesco store to help at the fourth National Food Collection, organised in conjunction with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. He was joined by Cllr Claire Francis, who represents Denton South.
Customer donations, combined with a 30% top up from Tesco, meant that across the country, volunteers collected enough food to provide 5.1 million meals. The Denton Mancunian Road Express store collected enough food to provide 91 meals to those in need across Tameside.
Since the first Neighbourhood Food Collection in December 2012, combined with the new permanent collection points in over 350 Tesco stores, people have donated an astounding 15.3 million meals, all of which go to help FareShare and the Trussell Trust help feed people in need across the UK.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It is appalling that so many across the North West are affected by food poverty. I am glad that Tesco are helping with the situation, but it the problem has only grown so large because of this Government’s policies.
“I urge everybody to help out at the next collection this winter, or to bring some food on the day. I will publicise it on my website nearer the time.”