The generosity of shoppers at Haverhill’s Tesco store has resulted in more than two tonnes of food items being donated to Haverhill Foodbank.
From last Friday to Sunday (Nov 29 to Dec 1) volunteers from the Foodbank were manning a table in Tesco - together with the retailer’s own staff - at which shoppers could donate foodstuffs bought at the supermarket.
At the end of the three days the amount of food collected reached an impressive 2.391 tonnes, smashing the previous high for such a collection held at the store - the 1.9 tonnes recorded last summer.
The whole exercise was part of Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection programme, in which they team up with local foodbanks in an attempt to collect 10 million meals by the end of the year.
Claire Bowden, Tesco’s community champion for Haverhill, said: “It was an absolutely astonishing amount of food. “It was something like 63 boxes on the Friday, 64 Saturday and about 60 on the Sunday, which when you consider the Sunday was only from 10am to 4pm and the other days we were doing it from 9am to 10pm, was phenomenal.”
Although the store has now hosted three Neighbourhood Food Collections, it has previously worked more independently with Haverhill Foodbank, inviting the charity to collect there on numerous occasions.
Claire added: “We are very pleased that everybody commits to the cause when we do it.
“This must be the seventh or eighth time they’ve been in store and people are just getting more and more generous each time.”
Haverhill mayor Roger Andrè also popped in on Friday and Saturday to show his support while Tesco staff also went in on their day off to help.
With Christmas close, festive items such as mince pies and selection boxes were also requested as donations.
As part of the arrangement, Tesco also topped up the total amount of food donated by a further 30 per cent.