Tesco National Collection

Tesco has launched its second National Food Collection – which it claims is the biggest ever food collection in the UK.

The event, which is taking place today and tomorrow, is working with the Trussell Trust and FareShare to redistribute food to charities and people in need.

Shoppers are being asked to donate food in store or to add £1 at the checkout on Tesco.com.

Tesco has pledged to top up total customer donations by a further 30%.

Its first food collection, held in December last year, collected the equivalent of 2.4 million meals.

Writing on Tesco’s blog, Tesco UK MD Chris Bush said: “One of the principles at the heart of Tesco is that we use our scale to help communities and neighbourhoods across the UK. With the issue of food poverty high on the agenda, we have a responsibility to play our part in delivering a solution.”

“We’re also doing all we can throughout our own operations to limit food waste, including redirecting surplus food from our online grocery distribution centres to FareShare, a scheme we estimate will contribute a further one million meals to charities in the UK,” he added.