Customers at Tesco Prescot have once again shown their support for the work of Knowsley Foodbank, after donating a record 5.1 tonnes of food to the charity over the three-day Christmas collection.

Staff and volunteers from the foodbank collected the donations across three days, as part of a national collection coordinated by the Trussell Trust and Tesco. Customers were asked to donate items for Knowsley’s foodbank, ready for the anticipated increase in demand throughout Christmas and into the New Year.

Knowsley Foodbank Manager Sue Torpey said “Christmas and winter can be a time of tremendous stress for people in our community who are really struggling to put food on the table. Colder weather, benefit delays and relationship breakdowns can all push any one of us into food crisis in the blink of an eye. Knowsley foodbank could not be there for more than 8000 people in food crisis each year without the support of everyone in the community, and we thank each and every one of Tesco’s customers and staff who supported this collection.”

Customers also donated over £700 to the foodbank, which will be used to buy much-needed food in the New Year.

Knowsley Foodbank, which operates as part of the Trussell Trusts national foodbank network, fed over 8000 people last year, of which over half were children. This number is expected to rise as fuel poverty, post-Christmas lay-offs and Universal Credit roll-out impacts more people across the community.