Shoppers donate over 3,000 meals to the needy

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More than 3,000 meals have been collected for needy families to help them through the festive period after three collections in Wath-on-Dearne.

In the latest drive 3,475 meals were donated by shoppers visiting Tesco – which included a 30 per cent top-up by the supermarket chain – to go to the local food bank.

MP John Healey supported the collection by visiting the store to help volunteers.

It was Tesco’s third Neighbourhood Food Collection in partnership with food banks charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.

Customers were given a special shopping list and were asked to pick up an extra item of food to donate at the end of their shop, such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned food or tea and coffee.

In the last collection 3,835 meals were collected at the Wath store, and around 1,500 were donated during the first collection in December last year.

John said: “The number of people relying on food banks has tripled over the last 12 months and 500,000 people in Britain are thought now to depend on emergency food aid.

“The people of Wath have been as generous as ever and donations will go straight to families in need in the local area.”