Tesco customers have helped thousands of meals to be donated as part of a campaign to provide meals to children living in food poverty.
Over the past three weeks, Milton Keynes Tesco stores have given a donation for every vegetable and piece of fruit bought across all its stores.
The initiative has been part of the Buy One to Help a Child scheme to provide food that FareShare will redistribute to children’s charities.
FareShare chief executive, Lindsay Boswell, said the food will make a real difference to frontline charities working with children, and thanked Tesco customers for their support.
He said:“Thank you to every single Tesco customer in Milton Keynes who made a purchase during this campaign. Through the simple act of buying your fruit and veg at Tesco, you’re helping FareShare to get fresh, healthy food to children across the UK.
“During the summer months, many families can struggle without the safety net of free school meals. At FareShare, we work with a network of around 10,500 charities and community groups supporting children and families across the UK. With so many more people facing tough circumstances as a result of the pandemic, this food is needed more than ever."
Sales of strawberries,bananas and cucumbers purchased by Tesco customers mean that over 5,000 charities will now be given food to help the 2.3 million children in the UK living in food insecurity.
Cucumbers were the most popular item sold on a Monday throughout the collection, with strawberries winning in popularity on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Tesco has been working with FareShare since 2016 and so far has redistributed more than 120 million meals of food to charities and community groups across the UK.
FareShare supports frontline charities and community groups working with children – from summer holiday clubs and breakfast clubs to community kitchens and groups that supply food parcels to those facing food insecurity.
Buy One to Help a Child is the latest in a number of Tesco programmes helping to build stronger communities.
Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI chief executive, said: “We wanted to find a really simple way to do our bit and help our customers do the same, and we are delighted at the success of the Buy One to Help A Child scheme. By encouraging healthier choices for our customers while helping to feed children through our partnership with FareShare, we can play our part in supporting stronger communities.”
Tesco is a member of the Child Poverty Task Force, formed by Marcus Rashford, and continues to support his campaign for free school meals for every child that needs them, at any time.