Help collect food for the needy this winter at your local store

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Volunteers are needed in early December to help collect food donations for people in need this winter.

National food redistribution charity FareShare needs help in 32 Tesco stores across the Thames Valley from Thursday, December 3 to Saturday, December 5, including Leighton Buzzard.

FareShare is working with Tesco and foodbank charity The Trussell Trust on the 7th Neighbourhood Food Collection - the biggest national food drive. The last collection in July collected enough food to make 3.6m meals.

All of the food donated will be delivered to FareShare’s Thames Valley Regional Centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire, before being redistributed to more than 45 charities and community organisations across the region which feed more than 4,000 people each week.

The Tesco stores collecting on behalf of FareShare are:

Abingdon Extra, Aylesbury 2, Aylesbury Extra, Brackley, Buckingham, Didcot, Faringdon Park Metro, Henley, High Wycombe, High Wycombe Loudwtr, Hook, Hungerford, Kidlington, Leighton Buzzard, MK Kingston Extra, Maidenhead Metro, Milton Keynes Bletchley Extra, Milton Keynes Wolverton, Newbury, Newbury Extra, Newbury Metro, Oxford 2, Oxford Magdalen Metro, Oxford Metro, Princes Risborough, Reading Extra, Reading West Extra, Egham, Taplow, Tidworth, Uxbridge Metro and Windsor.

Richard Kennell, general manager of FareShare Thames Valley, said: “Each volunteer can help us collect enough food for 500 meals in just three hours – and the more volunteers we have, the more food we can collect to help reach more people in need. It really is a fun and rewarding experience to be involved in one of the biggest food drives in the country and something that you can do with your family, friends and local community.”

To volunteer at the Neighbourhood Food Collection, find your closest store and register at