Volunteers needed for Christmas food collection

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Two charities providing vital food to people hit by the Covid-19 pandemic are appealing for people in Cornwall to help support the UK’s biggest food collection this Christmas.

From November 19-21, charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust will be collecting food in Tesco stores during the annual pre-Christmas Tesco Food Collection.

The need for food to help Cornwall food banks and community groups supported by the two charities is more vital than ever this year because of the pressures caused by Covid-19. FareShare is looking for people to volunteer at donation points in store, while the Trussell Trust is looking for social media volunteers to share shopping lists on social media to encourage people to donate.

During the collection, Cornwall customers are encouraged to donate long-life food to help food banks and community groups support people this Christmas. Tesco will top up customer donations by 20% in cash to aid the two charities in their work.

Last year, 3 million meals were collected as part of the Tesco Food Collection, and since its launch in 2012 more than 76 million meals have been donated to the two charities by generous Tesco customers.

Cornwall volunteers are needed to encourage shoppers to leave their donations in the collection point at the front of stores, with shoppers more likely to donate if volunteers are present.

Volunteers will need to adhere to the Covid-19 rules in place in the store and locally when they participate. People interested in volunteering can find out more and sign up at fareshare.org.uk/foodcollection.

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