Food collection take to the streets of Ilkeston

Mayor Val Custance and store mananger Alan Jackson with Tesco staff at their food collection

Mayor Val Custance and store mananger Alan Jackson with Tesco staff at their food collection

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A supermarket in Ilkeston is been encouraging people to donate items to food banks.

Tesco, together with its partner charities Trussell Trust and FareShare, launched its biggest neighbourhood food collection on Thursday. It includes a collection point at The Market Place in Ilkeston which will be there until tomorrow.

David Conboy, customer experience manager said: “We took the neighbourhood food collection out of the store and onto the streets. Nine stores from across the city came together at the St Peter’s Zone in Derby and the Market Place in Ilkeston to collect food donations and raise awareness of the Trussell Trust and FareShare charities. Our aim was to make this the most successful food collection ever in Derby and Ilkeston and ultimately make a real difference to people locally this Christmas.”

Since Tesco launched the Neighbourhood Food Collection UK-wide in 2012, more than 27.5 million meals have been donated and over 39,000 volunteers have been involved. Last winter an incredible 4.7 million meals were collected with customers asked to donate items such as tinned goods.