Customers urged to donate food to help feed those in need this Christmas

Stornoway's Tesco store

Stornoway's Tesco store

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This Christmas, every Tesco Store in the UK will be running their third Neighbourhood Food Collection in a bid to collect 10 million meals for those in need by the end of the year.

Customers at Tesco in Stornoway will be invited to donate food in store from Thursday 28th November until Saturday 30th December, as the retailer gears up to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.

Tesco will be joined by Foodbank charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare for the collection.

Customers at the Stornoway Tesco will be given a special selected shopping list when they enter the store and will be asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods and tea and coffee before donating it at the end of their shop.

The food will then be distributed to the Eilean Siar Foodbank before being given to people in times of crisis.

Catriona Stewart of the Eilean Siar Foodbank says: “Winter is the hardest time of year for people living in poverty, and this Christmas is looking especially tough as fuel prices continue to rise.

“We’re delighted that Tesco are working with us to help stop local people going hungry this Christmas and we hope that many people will donate a tin or two.”

The Eilean Siar Foodbank fed over 150 households between January and September 2013 (between 200-300 people) before if formally opened! Over 1,500kgs of food have already been distributed to local people.

Since opening on September 9th the numbers of people turning to the Eilean Siar Foodbank have been growing, with more agencies referring more people. Many People in the Western Isles have been given three days’ emergency food in the last two and a half months alone.

Kevin Poke, store manager at Stornoway Tesco, said: “Our customers were incredibly generous when we held our last food collection in the summer, so we’re hoping to collect an even bigger total this time around.

“In the run up to Christmas we want to do our bit to feed those in need and volunteers from the Eilean Siar Foodbank are really looking forward to taking part in the collection.”

Tesco will be topping up total donations by a further 30%.