TESCO is making it easier for shoppers to give a helping hand to food banks and charities in West Fife.

A six-week trial will be rolled out to stores, including Dalgety Bay and Dunfermline's Tesco Extra on Turnstone Road, to offer pre-filled donation bags for customers to buy.

They will then be gifted to the charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust.

The bags will contain items that are most in demand and customers will also get additional opportunities over the summer to round up their bill at the check out to offer financial support.

Claire de Silva, Tesco Head of Community, said: "We’re really proud of our partnerships with FareShare and the Trussell Trust and we want to continue to find ways to help them.

"With many food banks struggling to meet the rising levels of need, more people using food banks we wanted to make donating as easy as possible for customers that want to support their community.

"The donation bags will be available throughout the summer holidays, so it allows a real focus on families and children who need support."

Bags are already available in stores and the scheme will run until Sunday, September 3, alongside every Tesco store’s permanent collection point where customers can donate long-life food items all year round.

The option to round up at Dunfermline tills is also available now and customers can take advantage until August 6.

This will run again between August 28 and September 3.

FareShare is a charity network which aims to relieve food poverty and reduce food waste in the UK.

It does this by obtaining good quality surplus food from the food industry that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to frontline charities and community groups across the country.

Polly Hoffman, Head of Retail at FareShare, said: "The need for FareShare food has been rising rapidly as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, and will continue to do so throughout the summer holidays when more families rely on these vital local services to feed themselves and their loved ones.

"At a time when millions of people are going hungry, the donations we receive from generous Tesco customers is absolutely vital for the charities and community groups we provide food to.

"That’s why we’re thrilled that Tesco is making it even easier for people to support FareShare by introducing donation bags in store this summer."

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks - including Dunfermline Food Bank which has locations in Rosyth, Inverkeithing and Pitreavie Business Park - and provides emergency food and support to people in poverty.

It also campaigns for change and to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Emma Revie, CEO at the Trussell Trust, added: "We are extremely grateful to Tesco for once again providing innovative new ways for their customers to support our network of more than 1,300 food bank centres.

"Over the last year, food banks have faced record levels of need and, while donations have increased by 18 per cent, our network distributed 37 per cent more emergency food parcels than in 2021/2022.

"The generosity of Tesco and its customers plays a vital role in ensuring that food banks can continue to support people who cannot afford the essentials, as we continue working towards our vision of ending the need for food banks."