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Help us feed people in need

The Neighbourhood Food Collection is an opportunity to help feed people in need across the UK by donating long-life food to charity.

The next Neighbourhood Food Collection will take place in all our larger stores from 2 – 4 July 2015. On these three days there will be food collection points near the front of our stores as well as volunteers on hand to help. Our smaller Express stores will also be collecting food from 22 June – 4 July.

Just pop along to one of our stores and donate an item of long-life food. We’ll then work with our two charity partners – FareShare and The Trussell Trust – to ensure that the food gets to people who need it. We’ll also top up your donation by 30%.

Every single item of food that you donate makes a difference: thank you!

We spoke to some our customers across the UK to find out why they donated at the last collection:

Our current total is


meals including customer donations, Tesco’s 30% top up and surplus food donations since November 2012.

Who benefits

We work with two charities who are helping to feed people in need in local communities around the UK

The Trussell Trust

Trussell Trust foodbanks provide three days of emergency food to individuals and families in crisis. Frontline care professionals including doctors and social workers refer people who are facing hunger to the foodbank.

People visiting the foodbank are welcomed, listened to and signposted to agencies who are able to help resolve the underlying cause of the problem.

By donating food you can help support local people in crisis in a simple practical way.




FareShare is a unique charity fighting hunger by redistributing surplus food to hundreds of local organisations ranging from homeless shelters to children’s breakfast clubs.

Through ensuring good food is not wasted we are helping to feed thousands of people every day.

By donating in store you are helping us get hold of cupboard essentials to complement the fresh produce we receive from the food industry.


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What we’re doing

This is how Tesco supports the Neighbourhood Food Collection

More info

Frequently asked questions about National Food Collection at Tesco

  1. 1. What is the Neighbourhood Food Collection?

    The Neighbourhood Food Collection is an opportunity to donate long-life food to charity and support people in need in the UK. The Neighbourhood Food Collection started in 2012 and now takes place twice a year, in summer and winter, across all of our stores in the UK. The collection this July will be our sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection.

  2. 2. When is the next Neighbourhood Food Collection?

    The main collection will take place from 2 – 4 July 2015 in all our larger stores across the UK. Most collection points will be near the front of the store. We will also hold collections in our smaller Express stores from 22 June – 4 July 2015. As there will not be volunteers present at these stores please ask a colleague if you are unsure about where you should donate food.

  3. 3. How can I get involved in volunteering?

    Volunteers provide essential support to the Neighbourhood Food Collection so if you can spare an hour or two of your time please sign up with either FareShare or The Trussell Trust at your nearest store: or

  4. 4. What happens to the food that I donate?

    Some of our stores will be collecting for their local food bank, while others will be collecting for their regional FareShare depot, from where the food is redistributed to community groups and local charities. No matter where you donate, the food you give will help people in need.

  5. 5. Is there a way I can donate anytime?

    Yes there is! We now have permanent food collection points in over 500 of our stores across the country.

  6. 6. What does Tesco do with its surplus food?

    We offer a wide range of food to our customers every day, which means there is some surplus food that we have stocked but have not been able to sell. We try to minimise any waste by reducing to-clear foods close to their expiry date in store. If food cannot be sold, we offer it where possible to people in need by donating to charities.

    Since September 2012 we have worked with FareShare to divert over 1,000 tonnes of surplus food from our online and fresh food distribution centres to charities and community groups around the UK – enough to provide over 2.3 million meals. The food includes meat, chicken, fruit, vegetables and desserts.

  7. 7. Does Tesco profit from the Neighbourhood Food Collection?

    No we don’t. By topping up all customer donations by 30% we ensure that we don’t profit from any food bought by customers in our stores and then donated to one of our two partner charities. We also encourage thousands of colleagues to take part in collecting and sorting the food, and we deliver all the food collected for FareShare to their 20 regional depots. Furthermore, we pay for all of the marketing materials used to promote the Neighbourhood Food Collection.

  8. 8. How do you calculate the 30% top up?

    The top-up is calculated using an average valuation of £1.68/kg for all food donated. This valuation is calculated by looking up the items that make up a standard food parcel (as handed out by the charity) and checking the prices of these items in Tesco’s standard own-label range. The total weight of the box and total value of all the items inside are then used to reach the £1.68/kg valuation used. On the day of the collections, stores with Trussell Trust food banks will weigh all the food collected, calculate a total value (at £1.68/kg), of which 30% will be given by Tesco to the Trussell Trust. In stores that are collecting for FareShare, the food will be delivered back to FareShare’s local depots, where the food will be weighed. The total weight collected will be used to calculate a total value (based on the £1.68/kg valuation), of which 30% will be given by Tesco to FareShare.

    The meals total is based on an initial estimated weight of food collected, as we will not have the final weights until several weeks after the collection. We know that the average weight of a green tray of food is 11.1kg. From the estimated total of full trays given to us by each store across the UK we have then calculated the total weight using the 11.1 average. This has then given us a total weight for each store. The charities have provided us with a figure of 420g = 1 meal. We use this to calculate the meals total across the UK.

    For example, the total estimated weight collected in one store equals 700kg. This is divided by 0.42 (the average weight of a meal) to give 1,667 meals. This is then be topped up by 30% to result in 2,167 meals.