THOUSANDS of meals were donated to food banks thanks to generous shoppers in Tesco stores across Ayr.

More than 5,900 essential food packages week provided between the superstore on Whitletts Road and the Express shop on Ayr High Street.

The food donations were donated to charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare during last month’s Tesco Food Collection, with Tesco topping up customer donations by an additional 20 per cent.

The donations to food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network are being used to provide food parcels for people in crisis, while donations to FareShare go to charities and community groups such as homeless shelters and older people’s lunch clubs who also receive surplus food from Tesco stores.

The Trussell Trust’s Chief Executive Emma Revie also thanked customers, she said: “Food banks 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.

“Any donations help make that difference.”