Shoppers help to feed needy locals this Christmas

Shoppers will be helping people in need by donating food to give their Christmas a lift.

Peckham Pantry, a local community food membership scheme in Peckham Park Road, and at St Luke’s Church, Peckham, is receiving food donations through the Tesco Food Collection.

For a membership fee, families gain access to food at less than a third of the costs they would pay for the same items in shops.

The Tesco Food Collection launches across large Tesco stores for three days from Thursday, with customers being invited to give long-life food to charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare, helping people who cannot afford to feed their families.

At Peckham Pantry items available include meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, as well as canned and boxed cupboard staples such as pasta and baked beans.

Chris Price, chief executive of Pecan, which hosts Peckham Pantry, said: “Organisations such as Tesco, FareShare and the Trussell Trust make it possible for Peckham Pantry to happen – for the members of our community, the pantry has made an impact bigger than any other.

“Often, for those the pantry serves, good quality, healthy food is inaccessible due not only to cost barriers, but also a lack of time or knowledge on how to best use ingredients.

“Being able to provide a wide selection of good quality food, so that families are able to have a more balanced diet and make healthier meals, is absolutely vital.

“We’re making sure what we provide for families is diverse and healthy.

“Thanks to these organisations we’re able to provide our members with food that is high quality, diverse and healthy.

“Food that they would not otherwise be able to afford, and it’s become an important way for us to empower members to take control of their diets
and wellbeing.”

Tesco tops up these donations by 20 per cent.



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