Tesco invites Horsham district to donate food to the needy

JPCT 030913 S13361266x Horsham District. Age UK. Loneliness and isolation event. David Sheldon, Horsham Matters -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 030913 S13361266x Horsham District. Age UK. Loneliness and isolation event. David Sheldon, Horsham Matters -photo by Steve Cobb

Customers at Tesco stores in Broadbridge Heath and Pulborough will be invited to donate food to those in need this weekend.

The retailer is running its third Neighbourhood Food Collection, giving customers the opportunity to offer food in store between Friday November 29 and Sunday December 1.

Those involved in the scheme will be given a slect shopping list, 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 collected by the Horsham District Foodbank before being distributed to those in need across the district.

David Sheldon is the chief exexcutive of local charity Horsham Matters, who are organising the Horsham District Foodbank.

He said: “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 and we hope that many people will donate a tin or two.

“The Horsham District Foodbank will be using this opportunity to collect goods prior to launching fully in the New Year, but anyone who is in crisis can still contact Horsham Matters and we will be able to help.”

Tesco hopes to collect ten million meals across the country by the end of the year, and will be adding 30 per cent to total donations.