18th Dec, 2017

Charitable Tesco staff and customers collect for national campaign

Leamington Editorial 6th Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

EVERY little helps and staff at Warwick Tesco are hoping their customers’ efforts will do exactly that in the fight against hunger.

The Emscote Road store took part in a national food collection by asking shoppers to donate a non-perishable item such as tinned soup, UHT milk, rice and pasta from their shopping recently.

The nationwide company initiative – in partnership with the Trussell Trust and Fareshare – saw more than 2,000 stores up and down the country collect items.

Tesco has now pledged to top up all donations by 30 per cent before the items are boxed up and sent to nearby food banks.

Store manager Wendy Tipping, said: “It was fantastic to see local people coming together to build a stronger community.

“Supermarket collections are one of the main ways Trussell Trust foodbanks are stocked and we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of both our customers and our colleagues.

“Poverty is a seriously growing problem in the UK and as a food retailer, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to help communities across the district.

“We hope by supporting this initiative we can do our bit to help stop people going hungry.”

*STAFF stopped stacking shelves and picked up a paintbrush to help give a Leamington charity a new look.

Workers from the supermarket giant spent two days at the Warwick district Citizens Advice Bureau in Hamilton Terrace where they redecorated a room – painting one of the charity’s key phrases: “We’re here to help, whoever you are, whatever the problem” on the wall.

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