On Friday Phil Wilson visited Newton Aycliffe Tesco to show support for their seventh Neighbourhood Food Collection.
Taking place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of December, the Newton Aycliffe store, like Tesco stores across the country, hosted a food collection to help support local foodbanks, which have become an ever present aspect of life in Britain. With over 400 across the UK, and 1,084,604 people in the UK having received 3 days emergency food between 2014 and 2015, foodbanks have become a necessity.
Christmas can be a really difficult time for individuals and families already managing extremely tight budgets. Many families who need the help of foodbank’s are people who have a job and work hard, but can still not afford to put food on the table.
The initiative which encourages shoppers to donate food to their local foodbank whilst in the store, also sees Tesco top up donations by making a 30% financial contribution. Aiming high, the Newton Aycliffe store worked hard to encourage shoppers to donate food as they hoped to beat their total from July, and collect over 10,000 meals across.
Commenting on the event Phil said “Whilst the reliance on foodbanks it is a sad reflection of today’s society, the Neighbourhood Food Collection is a fantastic initiative which supports our local Trussell Trust Foodbank.”
During his visit Phil met with many of the local volunteers who were on hand to help with the food collection. Over the course of the weekend nearly 40 people helped in store, assisting those who wished to make a donation. They were also handing out shopping lists, one of which was a standard list which inform people of the items the Foodbank is most in need of, and another was a Christmas themed list which asked shoppers to donate some seasonal items such as mince pies.
Phil praised the volunteer’s hard working saying “Events such as this could not take place without the help for dedicated volunteers, giving up their time for such a fantastic cause.”
Speaking to Phil store manager Helen said “There has been a fantastic response to this initiative, since July we have had many people ask us when the next Neighbourhood Food Collection is going to take place.”
Phil said “The response of local people to the Neighbourhood Food Collection has been great, and is a fantastic demonstration of local people’s generosity.”
“I fully encourage all those who can to donate something to their local Foodbank this Christmas. None of us like to think of people having to go without, especially at this time of year.”