Steve praises volunteers and shoppers at Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection

 In Croydon, News

MP for Croydon North Steve Reed has praised the work of foodbank volunteers in Croydon North following a donation drive in local supermarkets.

Tesco held their sixth Neighbourhood Food Collection in stores between 2-4 July, working with charities Trussell Trust and FareShare to encourage shoppers to donate much needed food to local foodbanks.

Following a visit to the Tesco store in Thornton Heath on Friday 3 July, Mr Reed also welcomed the generosity of local shoppers who made donations across Croydon.

Tesco customers were encouraged to buy one or two extra items and donate them at the end of the shop, with Tesco topping up donations by 30% at the end of the scheme.

Figures from the Trussell Trust show that over 1,000 people, including 300 children, received at least three days’ emergency food from the charity’s foodbanks in Croydon last year.

The charity says a variety of factors including rising food and fuel prices, low wages, underemployment and changes to benefits contributed to the rising foodbank use.

Croydon residents can make food donations year-round at the permanent collection point in Tesco’s Thornton Heath store.

Steve Reed said: “The number of people relying on foodbanks in Croydon is too high and rising too fast, and it is terrible that people are going hungry in our community.

“I was encouraged by the generosity I saw in the Thornton Heath store from local residents who had donated items, and I know that is something shared across the whole of Croydon.

“The vital work charities like Trussell Trust do to provide a safety net for over a thousand people in Croydon would not be possible without their volunteers who work so hard to make sure donations are made and provided to those who need them.”