Shoppers in Renfrew can now donate food items to help people in their community each time they visit their local Tesco store.

A new collection point has been set up at the Tesco store in Renfrew. It comes as Tesco is installing donation points at every one of its large stores in the UK to help food charities in their vital work.

The new donation point means that shoppers can drop off donations of long-life food whenever they are in store, with Tesco topping up customer donations by an additional 20% in the form of a cash donation to the charity.

The customer donations will help the Trussell Trust in its efforts to support people in Renfrew, with regular donations needed more than ever due to the extra pressure placed on the charity by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tesco previously had food donation points at more than 500 stores, but with the installation of new units it will now have a donation point for either a Trussell Trust food bank, or for food redistribution charity FareShare at every one of its 800-plus large stores in the UK.

By looking at the donation point, customers will be able to see which food items their local charity needs most.

Leah Baillie, the Trussell Trust’s area manager for Strathclyde, Central, West Lothian and Dumfries & Galloway, said: “The generosity of people in Renfrew to food banks is truly humbling and thanks to a new donation point at Tesco Renfrew, shoppers can now donate food and support local people in crisis all-year round.

“We’ve seen incredible compassion and concern for people facing hunger over the last year so we’d encourage Tesco shoppers to check what items their local food bank is most in need of to help make a difference in their community. Together we can build a hunger free future.”

Tesco’s Head of Community Claire de Silva said: “Covid-19 has placed huge demands on food charities. FareShare has been supporting 12,000 frontline charity and community groups, while food banks in the Trussell Trust network provided a record 1.2 million food parcels during the first six months of the pandemic.

“We know that our customers want to help and by installing the new donation points it means all our customers can now easily donate food year-round.”

Shoppers who are unable to make food donations in store can give their support to the two food charities in other ways. They can donate their Tesco Clubcard points to the Trussell Trust and FareShare through the Clubcard website, or they can donate directly to the charities at www.trusselltrust.org or www.trusselltrust.org.