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Gloucester Tesco stores to hold extra summer Food Collection

Supermarket chain Tesco is holding an extra Food Collection in its Gloucester stores to support children and families this summer.

The collection will take place in Gloucester's large Tesco stores from July 15 to 17 and in Express stores from July 12 to August 28, with customers urged to donate long-life food to the Trussell Trust and FareShare to help them in their vital work to support families in need.

Tesco said that it will also be topping up all customer donations with a 20 per cent cash donation to the two charities.

"The Trussell Trust and FareShare face extra demands during the summer, when children who would normally enjoy a healthy meal in school may miss out," said Tesco UK & Northern Ireland CEO Jason Tarry.

"That is why we have decided to hold this extra collection to help ensure that children across the UK can enjoy a happier and healthier summer without missing out on meals."

FareShare and the Trussell Trust have welcomed the announcement of the extra collection.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive at FareShare, said: "We are incredibly grateful to Tesco for running this additional summer food collection, which will ensure that we can continue supporting the thousands of charities feeding the most vulnerable children and families across the UK."

Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, added: "No-one should face the indignity of needing emergency food. Yet in the last year, food banks in our network provided record numbers of emergency food parcels to people struggling to afford the essentials."

Additional details of the collection and how shoppers can support it will be released in the coming weeks. The summer collection is in addition to the annual pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection.

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