Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart today (28th November) visited her local Tesco store in Knightswood to support their fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection.
The collection, organised in partnership with food bank charity Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare, runs in all stores across the UK. The last collection, held in July, was a fantastic success. Thanks to the generosity of customers, the hard work of staff in store, and Tesco’s 30 per cent top up donation and surplus food provisions from January, they reached their target of 5.1 million meals for those in need.
This means that since the first Food Collection in December 2012, combined with the new permanent collection points in over 350 stores, 15.3 million meals have been donated that all go to help FareShare and the Trussell Trust help feed people in need across the UK.
Ms McTaggart met with store manager Alison McBride who introduced her to food bank staff and pupils from Knightswood Secondary School who were volunteering in store.
Ms McTaggart said “I must pay tribute to Tesco and their staff for supporting those in need in our local communities and also applaud the generosity of their customers and the volunteers from both the Trussell Trust and Fareshare charities. In such difficult economic times it is vitally important that charities continue to provide this vital service.
Food banks do a fantastic job in supporting people who find that they can’t make ends meet. Unfortunately, more and more people are struggling to feed themselves and their families and this is simply unacceptable. Thousands of people across Glasgow are now using food banks and whilst there are many reasons why this is the case, it can be of no doubt that the draconian welfare cuts of the Tory led coalition Government have played a major part in pushing people into poverty and towards food banks.
A Labour Government would protect the most vulnerable in society, increase the minimum wage and help get people back into work, out of poverty and away from food banks.”
Find out more about the Food Collection here.