Tesco supports people in crisis with foodbank

Tesco Foodbank
Tesco Foodbank

A national initiative by Tesco saw Deesiders donate generously to an in-store collection point to support Aberdeenshire South Foodbank.

The Banchory store was pleased to back the 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.

Shoppers were able to donate items from a list of recommended foodstuffs. Tesco thentopped up every donation by 30% while the foodbank was in store. The top-up is calculated by the charities using an average of £1.68/kg.

Volunteers, who manned the collection point from Thursday, November 27, to Sunday, November 30, praised the generosity of Deesiders.

A foodbank volunteer said the interaction from customers coming in the door of the shop had been fantastic.

While 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 has been really on board as a team to support it.”

The list of suggested items includes sugar, instant mash potato and Christmas treats.

Donations of non-perishable food can be made at Banchory West Church, High Street, Banchory.

The collection point is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 until 3pm.