01 DEC 2017

MP Thanks Food Charities

Helen Grant MP at the Farleigh Hill Tesco Store on Friday 1st December pictured with Store Manager Matt Wright (left), volunteers and Tesco staff

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant paid a visit to the Tesco Superstore in Tovil to show her support for the Supermarket chain's 'Food Collection Weekend' and highlight the important work of food charities in her constituency.

The Food Collection initiative provides an opportunity for customers to donate food in Tesco stores across the country, including at the Tovil branch. The donations are collected by 'FareShare,' the UK's largest food waste charity, and distributed to smaller charities across Kent, who support those who are struggling to eat at this time of year. The scheme has provided over 30 million meals to FareShare and the Trussel Trust nationally since its inception in 2012.

The Farleigh Hill store also donate any food which they can no longer sell to local charities on a weekly basis. The charities include: The Vine Church, Home Start, Lilly Smith House and Dandelion Time. So far this year, the store has donated the equivalent of 21,000 meals to these charities.

Speaking on her visit to the store Helen said, 'Whilst Christmas is, of course, a time of celebration, it is important to remember that it also brings great worry and concern to many families in Maidstone and the Weald. Tesco's food collection initiative is enormously worthwhile and I commend the team at the Tovil store for their passion and commitment and thank the people of Maidstone for their good will and generosity.'

The visit also provided Helen with an opportunity to highlight other charities in Maidstone who offer support to the most vulnerable over the festive period. 'We are lucky in Maidstone and the Weald to have some amazing charities which provide support to the most vulnerable in our community throughout the year. At this time of year, I would particularly like to highlight the excellent work of the 'Food for Thought' scheme at Maidstone Day Centre and The Salvation Army. Along with the other food aid charities across my constituency, they play a crucial part in easing the worry that some families very sadly face at this time of year.

I am sure that these charities would be delighted to receive donations of food or, indeed, people's time, during and, importantly, in the immediate aftermath of the Christmas period. If you would like any more detail on how you can donate then please do not hesitate to contact me at helen.grant.mp@parliament.uk.'

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