Backing for food collections

First Minister Alex Salmond.
First Minister Alex Salmond.

First Minister Alex Salmond and Christian Allard are backing the third Neighbourhood Food Collection organised by Tesco in stores across the North-east.

From today (July 3) to Saturday, July 5, all Tesco stores will invite shoppers to donate an item or more from their weekly groceries to help those in their communities who are struggling to afford to eat.

Since launching their first Neighbourhood Food Collection in December 2012, Tesco will have helped to provide some 10.2 million meals to help Trussell Trust foodbanks across the UK. As well as hosting the collection, Tesco will also “top-up” all food donations by 30%.

Mr Salmond said: “Aberdeenshire is one of the most affluent parts of our country, but even here there are people who can fall through the cracks and suddenly find themselves in challenging circumstances.

“Though the rise in foodbanks is a disgrace in a country as prosperous as Scotland, the work of local volunteers is heartening – demonstrating the best in community spirit.

“I’d encourage those able to give of their time next week to lend a hand with food collections at their nearest Tesco store and for shoppers to donate what they can to help those in need.”

Christian Allard MSP will visit the Tesco in Ellon on Friday where he will meet with and assist volunteers.