Local MP lends her support to UK’s biggest Christmas food collection

Susan Elan Jones MP visited her local Tesco store at Cefn Mawr to show her support for the UK’s biggest food collection for people in need this Christmas.

She joined volunteers from The Trussell Trust collecting food for Wrexham Foodbank to support people in need as part of the annual Tesco Food Collection.

Cefn Mawr Superstore is one of more than 2,600 Tesco stores across the UK which took part in the annual collection, which encourages shoppers to donate long-life foods to help charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust support to people who might otherwise go hungry.

The food donated to foodbanks in The Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.

It is the 11th collection to have taken place, and Tesco is topping up the value of the food donated by the public by 20%, providing additional funds to support the charities in their work this Christmas.

During her visit Ms Jones met with volunteers manning the collection point and handed out lists to shoppers of the most-needed items. She also visited Wrexham Foodbank to learn more about how the food donated would be used.

She said: “It’s always important to think of people who are in need at this time of year and it was great to see the generosity of so many local people in Cefn Mawr donating to help others in the community who are in need.”

Tesco UK & Ireland CEO Jason Tarry said: “Tesco Food Collection scheme is the UK’s biggest Christmas food collection, and at Tesco we are glad to be playing our part in helping people in need this Christmas. We know that the items that our customers donate can make a real difference to people who really need that little bit of extra help this year.”

Emma Revie, Chief Executive at The Trussell Trust said: “Foodbanks across the country will be doing all they can to provide the best possible emergency support so people don’t go hungry – but to make sure we’re prepared for what could be our busiest December yet, our network needs public support.”