Tesco supports people in crisis with foodbank week

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Banchory’s Tesco store is hosting a foodbank to provide for local people in crisis this festive season.

As of Tuesday, November 25, the supermarket chain has been home to a collection point, where shoppers can donate items from a list of recommended items. Tesco will top up every donation by 30% while the foodbank is in store. The top-up is calculated by the charities using an average of £1.68/kg.

Volunteers, who will be manning the collection point until this Sunday, November 30, have praised the generosity of Deesiders.

A foodbank volunteer said the interaction from customers coming in the door of the shop has been fantastic so far. Whilst people can donate to the Aberdeenshire South Foodbank all year round, it is the presence of visible collection points, which drives up donations.

A spokesperson for Tesco Banchory said: “It is fantastic for us to be a part of it as a community and to take the opportunity to use our brand to advertise the foodbank.

“Everybody is really on board as a team to support it.”

The list of suggested items includes sugar, instant mash potato and Christmas treats. Whilst the volunteers have received quantities of tinned fish, cereals and tea bags, to name but a few, there are still many food items required to feed local families this winter.

The Aberdeenshire South Foodbank is a project seeded by The Trussell Trust, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis, whether through low incomes, unexpected bills, redundancy or other challenging circumstances.

The Tesco foodbank will welcome donations at the Banchory store until Sunday.