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County shoppers donate over 15,000 meals

Generous Tesco shoppers in Gloucestershire donated 15,430 meals to children and families over the summer.

Thanks to their donations during the summer Tesco Food Collection, 900,000 meals' worth of food nationally was collected for distribution by the Trussell Trust and FareShare.

The food collected will help the Trussell Trust provide emergency food parcels to families in crisis and help FareShare support thousands of frontline groups working to feed children and families across the country.

Tesco topped up all the customer donations with an extra 20 per cent in cash to help the charities in their work.

Julian Mines, CEO at FareShare South West, said: "We are incredibly grateful to everyone who volunteered and every customer who donated items during this year's Tesco Summer Food Collection.

"The donations we receive through the food collection are vital and will be redistributed by FareShare to charities and community organisations working with people across the UK."

Emma Revie, chief executive at the Trussell Trust, said: "Thanks to the incredible compassion and generosity of Tesco customers during the Tesco Summer Food Collection, food banks in our network have been able to offer emergency food parcels to thousands of families in crisis throughout the summer months, while we work in the long term to build a hunger free future.

"We have been truly humbled to see how much people have been willing to give to food banks this summer, as our nationwide network of food banks do all they can to help families meet the extra financial pressures of the holiday period."

The summer collection was held in addition to the annual pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection, which the supermarket holds to support the two charities.

Claire De Silva, head of community at Tesco, said: "Having seen the pressures that both charities are facing, we know that food donations are more vital than ever. We know every single meal donated will make a difference to someone's life.

"Our customers in Gloucestershire have shown amazing support once again, and we will continue to work closely with both charities to help them in the crucial work they do across the UK."

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