Tesco customers in Milton Keynes have been taking part in a new campaign to provide meals to children living in food insecurity.
In the past three weeks, the Milton Keynes Tesco stores have given a donation for every vegetable and piece of fruit across all its stores.
Sales of stacks of strawberries, a bounty of bananas and container-loads of cucumbers purchased by Tesco customers mean that over 5,000 charities will now be given food to help the 2.3 million children in the UK living in food insecurity.
The warm summer weather saw bumper purchases of strawberries, cucumbers and bananas, allowing Tesco to exceed its target of providing 3million meals’ worth of food to help charities and community groups supplied by FareShare.
Cucumbers were the most popular item sold on a Monday throughout the collection, with strawberries winning in popularity on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell CBE said the food will make a real difference to frontline charities working with children, and thanked Tesco customers for their support.
He added: “During the summer months, many families can struggle without the safety net of free school meals. At FareShare, we work with a network of around 10,500 charities and community groups supporting children and families across the UK.
"With so many more people facing tough circumstances as a result of the pandemic, this food is needed more than ever.
“Thank you to every single Tesco customer in Milton Keynes who made a purchase during this campaign. Through the simple act of buying your fruit and veg at Tesco, you’re helping FareShare to get fresh, healthy food to children across the UK.”
Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO, said: “We wanted to find a really simple way to do our bit and help our customers do the same, and we are delighted at the success of the Buy One to Help A Child scheme.
"By encouraging healthier choices for our customers while helping to feed children through our partnership with FareShare, we can play our part in supporting stronger communities.”
Tesco is a member of the Child Poverty Task Force, formed by Marcus Rashford, and continues to support his campaign for free school meals for every child that needs them, at any time.