Sir Gerald joined local Foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff to encourage people to donate food for those who are struggling.
Customers at Tesco in Aldershot were invited to donate food in store between Friday 29th November and Sunday 1st December, as the retailer again geared up to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.
Tesco teamed up with foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare to hold the third Neighbourhood Food Collection.
Customers were given a special shopping list when they entered the store and were asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods and tea and coffee before donating it at the end of their shop.
The food will now be distributed to the local Foodbank or FareShare depot before being given to people in times of need.
Jim Huskins, store manager at Tesco Aldershot said: “In the run up to Christmas we wanted to do our bit to feed those in need and the volunteers we had in the store from the two charities were fantastic. Our customers were incredibly generous and I would like to thank them all for their support.”
Sir Gerald said “In this season of good will it is important that we stop and think about those less fortunate, and help them in any way we can. The local Foodbank is a practical initiative and I pay tribute to the generosity of the people of Aldershot, as well as to Tesco, for their support.”
Tesco will be topping up all total donations by a further 30%.