Glasgow shoppers are being urged to support a popular supermarket's food drive this year.

As charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust face record levels of need throughout the festive season and New Year, many people in Glasgow are expected to need a helping hand. 

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To lend support, Tesco will be launching a food collection in Express stores until December 2 and in large stores from November 30 to December 2.

Food collected will be distributed to the two charities. 

During the collection customers will be encouraged to donate long-life food to support the charities. The top 10 most-needed items required from shoppers are – UHT & powered milk, tinned meat and fish, sponge/rice pudding, long-life fruit juice, cooking/pasta sauces, tinned vegetables, tinned and dried soup, pasta, rice and noodles, cereal and porridge, tea and coffee.

Glasgow Times:

Ken Murphy, Tesco Group CEO, said: “Over the last 10 years our generous customers have helped donate over 100 million meals to communities across the UK.

"Whether it’s in your local store through the Winter Food Collection or via your Clubcard points online, even the smallest donation can make a real difference to someone else’s Christmas.”

This year, The Trussell Trust is expecting to distribute more than 1 million emergency food parcels between December and February.

Meanwhile, FareShare is estimating it will redistribute more than 28,000 tonnes of food this winter, the equivalent of over 68 million meals, which is up by more than 42% compared to last year.

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George Wright, FareShare chief executive, said: “Over the last decade, Tesco has supplied more than 250million meals to FareShare, more than any other organisation in our history.

"As we prepare for another challenging winter ahead, the items we collect play a crucial part in our efforts to get food to the communities that need it most. 

"If you’re able to donate just one item at your local store, you’ll be helping to provide a meal for someone facing hunger this winter.”

Glasgow Times:

Emma Revie, Trussell Trust chief executive, added: “The support provided by Tesco and their customers is invaluable to the food banks in our network, especially at this time of year when we anticipate that our network will be providing an emergency food parcel every eight seconds.

"The generous donations received are vital in ensuring food banks can meet the urgent levels of need, whilst we work towards a future where everyone can afford the essentials."

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