Sunday, 21 July 2013

Letter: Second National Food Collection thank you

Dear Mr Jones, I wanted to thank you for supporting our second National Food Collection, held in partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare, on 5 and 6 July.

Thanks to the generosity of our customers, staff, and volunteers from the two charities, the collection was a fantastic success. When coupled with our 30 per cent top we collected over 26,000 shopping trolleys worth of food - the equivalent of 3.5 million meals. Your local Accrington Extra store collected enough food to provide 2,145 meals to those in need in your constituency this summer.

As you may know, last December, we held our first National Food Collection, which was the biggest ever food collection in the UK. For our second collection we wanted to build on the work we have already done to provide much needed support and therefore extended the scheme to every Tesco store across the country enabling us to collect even more food. I’m delighted to confirm that the second collection is now the biggest ever national food collection.

The support we received for the collection from MPs, MSPs and Assembly Members was fantastic, and the charities were delighted to see an EDM put down in support of the collection and their valuable work. We feel it is important that we support those in need in our communities and we will continue to hold two National Food Collections a year. Our next collection will be held at the end of November and I will update you with further details nearer the time.

You can find out more about the collection and our partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare at or if you have any specific questions you can email us at

Best wishes
John Timothy
UK Head of Government Affairs