This time of year can be very difficult for families and individuals who are already managing on extremely tight budgets.
The Food Collection is a partnership between Tesco, the Trussell Trust, and FareShare. For three days each year, in the lead-up to Christmas, Tesco organises and hosts a nationwide drive to encourage customers to buy an extra item or two of food when they shop in store and donate it at the collection point on their way out. The food donated is used by the local charities to support people who are struggling to put food on the table.
Edinburgh Food Project is partnered with Tesco Corstorphine and Tesco South Queensferry and works with volunteers and Tesco staff, greeting shoppers on their way in to store. Normally our team would hand out shopping lists of our most needed items; however this year is slightly different. We will have large posters displaying our most urgent items for people to take a photo of or jot down what is needed. We will only have 2 people volunteering at the store to ensure we are able to maintain social distancing.
ALL food donated is used locally and is an invaluable boost to Edinburgh Food Projects’ stock at a time of year that is always extremely busy and when demand for emergency food is high.
Tesco generously tops up customer food donations, by making a financial contribution equivalent to 20% of the value of the food. So, by getting involved, you will not only help provide vital food for people experiencing crisis, but the top-up funding will help Edinburgh Food Project provide people with further support.
Simply visit your Tesco Corstorphine or South Queensferry between 19th to 21st of November, snap a photo of our shopping list at the front of the store, and donate an item or two (or more!).