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UK Food Bank collections  [message #68160] Sat, 30 November 2013 13:26 Go to previous message
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Normally, Tesco's is somewhere I try to avoid. But over this weekend, they're acting as collection centres for a massive drive to collect food for those reliant on food banks, and who would be unable to eat at Christmas without help.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/29/uk-biggest-fo od-drive-second-world-war-poverty-welfare

"The reality of the UK's cost of living crisis has come under the spotlight this weekend as Britain embarks on its biggest charity food drive since the second world war, with the aim of collecting tonnes of groceries to give to hungry and penniless families over Christmas.

The effort involves the British Red Cross (BRC) the first time the charity has been engaged in mass food aid collection in the UK since 1945 working alongside the Neighbourhood Food Collection, which has been set up by the Trussell Trust food bank network, the food aid distribution charity Fare Share and Tesco.

Each of Tesco's 2,500-plus UK stores is asking customers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to buy extra food essentials such as pasta, rice and cereal to give to the charities.
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I'll be popping a bit into the collection area - as so many of those in poverty tend to be a risk of having no gas or electricity for cooking, I'll be sure to put in things that can be eaten without cooking: cans of baked beans and suchlike.

If anyone else happens to pass a Tesco over the weekend, popping in for a couple of minutes could make a real difference to some of the worst-off in the UK. Thanks.



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