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Yes, we ‘can’: donate your tinned goods

28 November 2014

Red Cross volunteers at a FareShare stand in Tesco

If you find yourself shopping at Tesco this weekend, you could do someone a very good turn by throwing a couple of extra items in your basket.

A UK-wide food collection drive is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, and we’ll have 237 volunteers on hand at stores across the country to accept non-perishable items.

These include tinned goods, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, cereal and UHT milk.

Families in need

The nationwide collection has been organised by Tesco, FareShare and The Trussell Trust.

And there’s a real, pressing need for such action. Recent research suggests millions of people across the country are still feeling the pinch from the recent recession.

That's why our volunteers are handing out shopping lists at Tesco stores and asking customers to consider buying a couple of extra items.

Donations count

Our volunteers include Kathy Kernohan, who also took part in a previous collection this summer – in spite of just having had an operation on her foot.

Kathy, from Angus in Scotland, said: “I’m passionate about the Red Cross and helping my community, so I did not want to miss it!

“Luckily for me, the Red Cross' mobility aids service loans wheelchairs, so I was able to borrow one to take part in a food collection shift at my local Tesco.”

Kathy is now back on her feet and is looking forward to this weekend’s collection.

All collected food will be redistributed either by FareShare (to over 1,700 UK charities) or The Trussell Trust, which has more than 400 food banks.

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