Together, we can help feed people in need

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We’ve topped up your donations by 30% and together, through our last collection, we provided 4.7 million meals to help feed people in need last Christmas.

Thank you for your continued support!

We spoke to our customers across the UK to find out why they donated, and what this initiative means to them.
This film is a big Thank You to all our customers who supported the collection, helping to build stronger neighbourhoods.

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?

    On 24th – 28th November, Tesco, The Trussell Trust and FareShare held the biggest ever Neighbourhood Food collection in the UK. Customers were encouraged to pick up an extra item of food from the selected shopping list, and donate it at the end of their shop. Tesco then topped up all donations by 30%. The next collection will be held in July 2015.

  2. 2. When is the next one?

    The next Neighbourhood Food Collection will be in July 2015. This will see all our stores participate in a collection for either Fareshare or Trussell Trust.

  3. 3. How can I get involved in volunteering at a collection?

    We always appreciate the support from colleagues and customers at these events so if you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time please click on the link below to sign up at your nearest store.

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

    Some of our stores will be collecting for their local foodbank, while others will be collecting for their regional FareShare depot. No matter where you donate, the food you give will go to helping people in need.

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

    Yes there is. We now have over 350 permanent food collection points across many of our stores from small Metro stores to large Extras.

  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.

    We recently announced that we have strengthened our partnership with FareShare by providing them with the equivalent of seven million meals a year of surplus food which they will use to support over 1700 community groups across the UK.

    We divert all surplus fresh food from our distribution centres and online grocery centres to support FareShare. This includes fresh produce items such as chicken, peppers, apples and other fresh fruit and vegetables.

  7. 7. Has Tesco taken part in food collections before?

    November 2014 was our fifth collection and raised 4.7 million meals; the first in December 2012 raised enough for 2.4 million meals. We held our Summer collection in July 2014 which raised 3.8 million meals.

  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 by you. 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 foodbanks 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 (11105222). 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 (1100051).

    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. From the July  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.

    So for example if the total estimated weight collected in one store equals 700kg (divided by 0.42 the average weight of a meal) = 1,667 meals.  This would then be top up by our 30% so would equal 2,167 meals.