Supermarket fights food poverty

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SUPERMARKET staff are appealing to shoppers to help fight food poverty in Sheffield.

Tesco Metro, West Street, is holding a food drive to help vulnerable people and families in Sheffield who cannot afford food for themselves.

The store has teamed up with FareShare, a charity trying to tackle food waste and hunger within the UK, to collect food for those in need.

Saba Hasan, store manager, said: “We know how tough it is for some families at the moment so we’re asking local people to donate as much as they can.

“Donating just one item of food could make a huge difference to parents whose child might otherwise go to bed hungry, so we’re asking everyone in Sheffield to lend a hand.”

Shoppers will be asked to add one extra item to their shopping trolley to donate to FareShare.

The typical food bank shopping list includes any tins, cans, bags of pasta, cooking oil, and working tin openers.

Donated food will then be delivered to charities and community projects around the city, including homeless shelters and day centres.

Lindsay Boswell, Fareshare chief executive, said: “We’ll be able to combine the donated kitchen cupboard essentials with short-life surplus meat, fruit and vegetables that we receive daily from the food industry.

“This will make these surpluses go even further in a time of real need.”

The drive takes place tomorrow, from 9am to 6pm.