Fareshare is an End Hunger partner organisation that works with supermarkets and emergency food providersacross the country to redistribute surplus food. Over the last year they have given enough food to vulnerable individuals to provide 30 million meals, through partnerships with 7,000 charities. As well as doing this, Fareshare are working with foodbanks to collect food at local supermarkets. Next week sees the start of their annual week of supermarket collections, helping to stock food providers over Christmas and raising awareness. Fareshare’s Jen Glyn writes about how you can get involved.

There’s one way you can do something really worthwhile for vulnerable people in your community this Christmas – and it only takes a couple of hours.

Every year thousands of people head down to their local Tesco to take part in the UK’s biggest food drive. Proudly wearing their tabards and brandishing suggested shopping lists – they collect vital tins and packets of long-life food for people in need. The food is either sent to Trussell Trust foodbanks or to FareShare’s local depots — to be distributed to charities who use the dried pasta, cereal and pulses to supplement the fresh surplus food they get from FareShare every week. These include homeless hostels, older people’s lunch clubs and domestic violence refuges.

And, after just three hours on your feet, you’ll leave knowing that – on average – you’ll have helped collect enough food to create 600 meals.

The Food Collection takes place over three days starting on Thursday 30 November and runs until Saturday 2 December. Sign up by Tuesday 28 November here.