Ogmore representatives, Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM, have thrown their support behind a nationwide food collection to help people who find themselves in need this Christmas.
From Thursday, November 30 to Saturday, December 2, more than 2,600 Tesco stores across the UK took part in the annual Food Collection, which encourages shoppers to donate long-life foods to help charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network to give food and support to people who might otherwise go hungry this Christmas.
The Ogmore duo visited Tesco in Maesteg to support the appeal, which last year collected 3.6 million meals for people in need.
Chris Elmore MP said: “I’m always pleased to support this annual campaign. Along with the awareness campaign I’m running through my Alternative Advent Calendar this year, I’ve been trying to support those who are in need across our communities as much as possible. It can be such an expensive time of year and the work Tesco, The Trussell Trust and FareShare Cymru do really is amazing.”
The food donated to foodbanks in The Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. Food donated to FareShare is distributed to charities and community groups who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.
Huw Irranca-Davies AM commented: “This campaign shows the real community spirit we have up and down the constituency. The community always steps up to help people in need. I’m glad that, thanks to projects like this, fewer families will struggle to make ends meet this Christmas. We must, however, continue to work on long-term solutions as to why people up and down the UK are having to rely upon such schemes.”
More than 43 million meals have been donated to the food charities by generous Tesco customers since the scheme began, and the supermarket is hoping that shoppers will be just as generous this year.
Samantha Stapley, Operations Manager for The Trussell Trust said: “During every Food Collection we’ve been humbled by the staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, and as we look to the start of the tenth collection, we would love to have your support once again. Your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”