Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Black Country Foodbank collects food at Tesco

Tesco and the Black Country Foodbank are teaming up this weekend in a bid to boost donations for local people.

Foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff will be collecting items at the front of the Tesco Extra store at Burnt Tree, on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th between 10 am – 2pm.

Volunteers will be on hand to inform people of the items which they can donate. All collections will help feed local families who are struggling to put food on the table.

Austin worked with foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff to organise the new collections. Nationally, food banks are still experiencing record demand, with 1.1 million emergency visits to food banks over the last year, up from just 40,898 in 2010.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to fix these extra collections up because whilst the Black Country Foodbank has been working hard for years to support local people, demand keeps rising.

“It's terrible that people are going hungry in the 21st century, but volunteers at the foodbank do great work to help those short of food and it’s great that Tesco’s local staff want to help out.

“Black Country people are the most generous in Britain, so I know local people will rally round to help out this weekend.”

Mike Burke, Store Manager at Tesco Dudley said:

“At Tesco Dudley we are working hard to provide a great service to the community. It’s great to be able to help The Black Country Foodbank in their mission to support people in our local area. Tesco are passionate about our community so anything we can do to help is our pleasure. We also provide food to five different charities in the local area on a weekly basis to help reduce food waste.”

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