Leading charities are urging Renfrewshire shoppers to donate food at their local Tesco to help support children and families across the UK this summer.

From 15th to 17th July Tesco is holding a summer Food Collection in aid of FareShare and the Trussell Trust at all of its large stores across the UK.

Shoppers are being urged to donate a variety of long-life foodstuffs to help FareShare supply thousands of community groups such as children’s holiday clubs and food pantries and help the Trussell Trust’s network of food banks provide emergency parcels to families in crisis.

Tesco will give an extra little help in the form of a 20% top up to the value of customer donations to assist the two charities in their vital work.

Jim Burns, Director of Operations at FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland, said: “There are so many fantastic community groups across Scotland that work hard to bring children together during the holidays. The items we receive from the Tesco Food Collection will help us to support a huge range of organisations working with children and families, from school holiday activity clubs and playgroups to breakfast and after school clubs.

Your donations will make such a big difference to thousands of children at risk of going hungry this summer, so if you’re able to donate just one item in your local Tesco store we would be so thankful.”

Food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network gave almost a million food parcels to support children last year.

Penny Morriss, the Trussell Trust’s network lead for Scotland, said: “No one in Scotland should face the indignity of needing emergency food. Yet our network of food banks in Scotland gave out 221,554 emergency food parcels in the last year. More than 77,000 of these went to children – that’s one parcel every seven minutes on average. This isn’t right.

“Food banks across Scotland do all they can to help families facing extra financial pressures during the summer holidays. But your support by donating during the Tesco Summer Food Collection this July will be vital in helping food banks provide the best possible support to families in crisis today, while working towards a hunger free future.”

“Thank you for your generosity – together we can make a difference.”

Shoppers will be greeted in store with a shopping list giving details of the products that are most-needed by their local food bank or FareShare regional centre, and are being encouraged to pick up an item as they shop to drop in special donation trollies on the way out of the store.

In addition to the collection in large stores, Tesco Express stores will be collecting donations throughout the summer (from July 12 to August 28).

Customers who want to support FareShare and the Trussell Trust but are unable to shop in store are being encouraged to donate their Tesco Clubcard vouchers to them via the Tesco Clubcard website.