People in Glasgow are being asked to volunteer to help charities collect food to feed people in the local community this Christmas.

As part of this year's Tesco Food Collection, charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare are collecting food from every Tesco in the UK from November 18 to 20.

With many struggling this year and facing a tough winter ahead, more volunteers are needed to help and to get as much food delivered as possible to those who need it most. 

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Jim Burns, director of Operations at Move On, who are partnered with FareShare, said: 

“With many people still feeling the effects of the pandemic, and, with the huge increase in heating bills and living costs coming in the lead up to the cold winter months, we know that there will be many people turning to their local grassroots organisations for support with food this Christmas.

“We would be hugely grateful to anyone who is able to volunteer at the Tesco Food Collection this year to encourage more shoppers to donate much-needed food to FareShare, so we can continue to support those who need it most.”

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FareShare provides food to thousands of charities while the Trussell Trust delivers emergency food packages. Emma Revie, their chief executive, said: 

“Christmas can be an extremely difficult time for many people but especially for families facing crisis. We know that in Glasgow too many people will be forced to use a food bank over the festive period because they are unable to afford the essentials.

“Supporting the Tesco Food Collection this November by volunteering could make all the difference to your local food bank during this busy period. You could donate a couple of hours of time and volunteer during the collection or alternatively, you could donate food to your local Tesco’s donation point.”

The Tesco Food Collection is the biggest of its kind in the UK, and to date customers have donated more than 40 million meals.

If you want to be part of this programme and volunteer, you can do so via the Trussell Trust HERE, or via FareShare HERE