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Charities call on West Berkshire volunteers for Christmas food response amid Tesco campaign

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Newbury residents are being called upon to volunteer to collect food for charities feeding local vulnerable and needy people over the festive period.

The call comes from the Trussell Trust, which distributes emergency food parcels, and FareShare, which provides food and resources to frontline organisations across the UK.

They are urging local people to support this year's Tesco Food Collection drive, in which every Tesco store in West Berkshire, Hampshire and nationwide is participating between November 18 and November 20.

The initiative kicks off in November.
The initiative kicks off in November.

All donations made as part of the collection will be topped up by a 20 per cent cash donation from Tesco.

The chief executive of the Trussell Trust, Emma Revie, said: "Christmas can be an extremely difficult time for many people but especially for families facing crisis.

"We know that in Newbury many people will be forced to use a food bank over the festive period because they are unable to afford the essentials.

"Supporting the Tesco Food Collection this November by volunteering could make all the difference to your local food bank during this busy period.

"You could donate a couple of hours of time and volunteer during the collection or you could donate food to your local Tesco’s donation point. Please do get in touch to hear about volunteering opportunities."

To volunteer to help with the collection, visit FareShare's website.

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