MORE than 4,900 meals were donated by generous Tesco shoppers in Dunfermline to the town's foodbank and groups feeding people in the community.

The total in West Fife was part of an overall 2.5 million meals gifted to the Trussel Trust and Fare Share during the supermarket's national food collection in November.

The donations in Dunfermline were used to provide food parcels at the foodbank for people in crisis while Fare Share fed charities and community groups, such as homeless shelters and older people's lunch clubs.

The donations from the three-day collection are in addition to items donated by customers throughout the year.

Tesco director Christine Heffernan said: “On my visits to stores during the collection I was taken aback by the generosity of our customers.

“I would like to thank all those who donated and we will be doing our bit by topping up all the donations by 20 per cent.”

The Trussell Trust’s chief executive, Emma Revie, added: “Foodbanks up and down the country could not do what they do without the incredible support of the public and their loyal volunteers who work tirelessly to help people when they need support the most.

“An emergency food parcel, listening ear and compassionate, practical advice at the foodbank can make a real difference when someone is facing a crisis. Any donations help make that difference.”