Volunteers Needed For Tesco Christmas Food Collection

The annual Tesco Food Collection takes place from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th November and will provide extra food support for people in urgent need this Christmas.

FareShare North East are looking for volunteers to help collect food donations from shoppers at their local participating Tesco stores. The food will go straight to the charities and community groups who are supporting those facing a difficult winter. Tesco are also topping up the donations made during the collection with a 20% cash donation to help the organisations in their work.


The presence of volunteers at the collection has a big impact on the amount of food donated and Lindsay Boswell encouraged people to get involved, warning charities could be under extra pressure this winter. 

“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”, says Lindsay.

Christmas can be a difficult time for vulnerable people and we know that these people will sometimes be forced to reach out for food support. By signing up for shifts at your local Tesco store, you can help make a difference during this busy period. You can donate a few hours of your time and volunteer during the collection or, alternatively, you could donate food to your local Tesco’s donation point.

FareShare UK said “The Tesco Food Collection is the biggest collection of its kind in the UK, and a vital source of food for the two charities. To date Tesco customers have donated more than 40 million meals during the in-store collections to support their work”.

You can help FareShare North East by volunteering three hours of your time between 18th-20th November to ask customers to donate at your local participating Tesco store. Food will reach those who need it most via FareShare and the Trussell Trust. You can volunteer with your friends, family and work colleagues too!

Sign up as a volunteer here.