Covid-19 - Community Supports

At Tesco Ireland, we’re proud to be a good neighbour and contribute to the communities we serve.  A core value embodied by colleagues and our business is that ‘every little help, makes a big difference.’ 

As our traditional operations of our Community Fund are paused due to Covid-19, we are still working hard to support our communities by supporting charities nationally and locally with a series of donations to help those most in need, through the Tesco Community Fund.  

Since 2014, the Tesco Community Fund has supported local good causes in the communities we serve. Each Tesco store has its own Community Fund and donates up to €1,000 between three local projects every eight weeks. 

National charity donations

In March 2020, we made three special donations of €50,000 each through the Community Fund to ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland to help them respond to the COVID-19 emergency and scale up the resources they need to support the people that need their services.  These causes were chosen in consultation with Business in the Community. 

These charities have said the donations will make a huge impact, particularly at this time. 

Age Action is very appreciative of the donation from Tesco Ireland which is helping us to respond to the COVID-19 emergency by reallocating and scaling up resources to ensure that older people are informed, connected and supported during this difficult period in Ireland. Paddy Connolly, CEO of Age Action
This is phenomenal support from Tesco Ireland which will enable us to continue to provide direct support to thousands of older people nationwide during this difficult time. 'Every little helps' should be everyone's approach at the moment, and this generosity from Tesco Ireland will certainly help us a lot. Seán Moynihan, CEO ALONE
This funding will be crucial in helping us to provide much needed practical supports to family carers. We are extremely grateful to Tesco Ireland for this much needed support and recognition of the work of family carers. Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland

Local community donations

As the situation with Covid-19 unfolded, we worked with our local store teams and Area Community Champions to identify those most in need at this time.

For the first round of the Community Fund suring Covid-19, a total of 453 local good causes the local good causes that represented the elderly, health impaired and vulnerable were identified and contacted to be a recipient of a donation from the Fund, with donations totalling €120,000. 

The feedback we have received from recipients of these donations has shown that ‘Every Little Helps’ is now more important than ever. Some causes have put the donations towards providing meals for vulnerable and cocooning members of their communities, while others have used the contribution to stock up on vital PPE. 

The second round of the Community Fund during Covid-19 (the fourth overall of 2020) is now underway. 453 community-based projects who provide mental health support services, supports for victims of domestic abuse, the homeless, and people experiencing food poverty are among those who will benefit from total donations of €120,000.

We will continue to work to identify relevant local good causes to support through the Community Fund as the situation with Covid-19 continues. 

Some feedback from local causes following receiving their Covid-19 Community Fund donation

We were just about to order our supply of PPE for our volunteers who support us when going out to the community, we can now increase our order with the generous donation. Order of Malta, Tullamore
The Community fund has enabled the group to restock the Ambulance with PPE as they are using it to transport older people to Hospital Appointments and assist at some testing centres. As they can’t do any of their normal Fundraising they really appreciate being included this time as it was badly needed. Order of Malta, Balbriggan
Money received was put to great use – it enabled us to purchase ingredients such as meat & veg to help us make hot dinners for the elderly people in the area who are cocooning. Ballinteer Men's Shed
Delighted to receive your donation, we are a voluntary group who go out into the community and meet up with the elderly and offer companionship to them. The demand for our service has increased by over 200% in the last three weeks, we rely on donations and would normally have received money from the Mini Marathon, which has been cancelled this year, so your donation has just come in at the right time. Making Connections
Thank you so much for the donation. We have been putting together food parcels for people who are in need this has been increasing week on week. So your donation came in just at the right time. Muslim Sisters of Éire
The donation couldn’t have come at a better time - it enabled them to provide more meals to their vulnerable older people in the community. Balbriggan Meals on Wheels

Now more than ever, every little helps. #TescoCommunityFund