Londonderry shoppers donate 5,469 meals to food bank

Shoppers in Londonderry demonstrated their generosity earlier this month, by donating 5,469 meals to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare for Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection.

The Neighbourhood Food Collection runs in all Tesco stores across the country, to collect vital store cupboard essential foods, such as rice, tea, tinned meat and UHT milk, for people in need over the festive period. Shoppers were invited to donate food in their local Tesco store in Derry between 1 and 3 December to benefit local charities and people referred to foodbanks.

The food collected in Derry helped contribute towards the estimated total of three million meals collected for the charities by all Tesco stores nationwide this month.

Tony McElroy, Head of Communications in Northern Ireland, at Tesco said: “We’re thrilled with the huge number of food donations we’ve had in Derry, resulting in such an amazing number of meals to give to those in need this Christmas and beyond. It really demonstrates the generosity of the people of Derry. Thank you for once again supporting us, and making this collection so successful!”

Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection launched in 2012, the equivalent of more 41 million meals have been donated to people in need by generous Tesco customers. Tesco also tops up customer donations by 20%, the only retailer to top up customer donations in this way. For more information about the Neighbourhood Food Collection, go to