SHOPPERS at Tesco stores in Ealing are being invited to put a little something extra in their basket to help people in need this Christmas.

From tomorrow (Thursday) to Saturday, more than 2,600 Tesco stores across the UK are taking part in the annual Food Collection in conjunction with charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust.

Groceries donated to food banks in The Trussell Trust’s network are given out in emergency food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.

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Food donated to FareShare is distributed to charities for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.

It is the 11th collection to have taken place, and Tesco is topping up the value of the food donated by the public by 20%.

Volunteers in store will greet customers with a list of items most needed by the charities.