Tesco customers give generously

West Lothian Foodbank supplies
West Lothian Foodbank supplies

Generous Tesco customers in Linlithgow have donated an incredible 4312 meals for people in crisis in West Lothian this summer.

That was the staggering total of donations following the Neighbourhood Food Collection which took place in every Tesco store across the UK.

The fourth neighbourhood food collection was held from July 3-5 in partnership with Tesco, foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.

The collection was held as the problems faced by people in food poverty are just as acute in the summer.

Many low-income families who normally receive free school meals have to find ways to make their budgets stretch to afford extra meals for their children.

Marshall Green, deputy Foodbank manager, said: “The generosity of Linlithgow people is truly incredible.

‘‘When we tell our clients that the people of West Lothian give the funds, the food and volunteer their time to help them, they hardly believe it.

‘‘West Lothian Foodbank is a very great blessing to thousands of people who receive the three-day emergency supply of food.”

West Lothian Foodbank collected in Tesco Linlithgow and Bathgate.

During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned vegetables and fruit.

Over 100 volunteers from the Trussell Trust West Lothian Foodbank joined with Tesco staff in-store to collect donations from customers.

Tesco then topped up all donations by 30 per cent.

In the last six months the local foodbank has given out 17.6 tonnes of food to 2048 men women and children.

Everyone who comes to a foodbank is referred by a frontline care professional ensuring that the need is genuine.

Find out more online at www.trusselltrust.org or Facebook: Trusselltrust and Twitter: @TrussellTrust.