Tesco Ireland surprises Mid-West Simon Community with Van-tastic food donations this Christmas
The Mid-West Simon Community receives a magical surprise of their very own food transportation van to help them deliver more food to those in need
Tesco Ireland is helping charitable organisations across the country this Christmas by donating more surplus food to those in need as part of its No Time for Waste campaign. A special donation was made to the Mid-West Simon Community today – a festive van filled with everything the Community needs to host Christmas for those living in their family hub including toys, turkeys and hams and all the trimmings for a festive feast.
The van itself, a retired Grocery Home Shopping van, was also donated to the group and will be used to help redistribute food to charity partners across Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. The donated van has been fully serviced and is fully CVRT certified. The integrated refrigeration units will enable Mid-West Simon to store food in the fridge, freezer or cupboard compartments until donated to those in need.
Over the past year, Mid-West Simon has seen a 30% increase in the need for their FoodBank services in the West. Since launching in 2014, the cause was initially supporting about 20 people per week and is now supporting 7,000 people who regularly access their services.
Jackie Bonfield, CEO, Mid-West Simon Community said; “We are absolutely thrilled to accept this generous donation from Tesco this Christmas. Since we launched our services in 2014 we have grown exponentially and we now support 7,000 people regularly through our services. Tesco has been with us since the start. The surplus food donations that we receive each week from the local Tesco stores make all the difference in the level of service we can provide to those who need it the most. With this new delivery van, we will also be able to cater for more people across Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.”
Speaking about the initiative Christine Heffernan, Tesco Ireland Director of Corporate Affairs said; “We are delighted to be able to help the Mid-West Simon Community this Christmas, and many more organisations across the country, make a difference in their local communities. We have been working with Mid-West Simon since 2014 and have donated over 100,000 meals worth of surplus food to them. We hope that we have been able to make a little Christmas magic for the organisation today and we look forward to working with them further in 2018.”
The Mid-West Simon Community provides a variety of services to those across the region including family and housing services, food banks and drop-in services for those who need professional advice, basic supplies, or just an ear to listen to.
Tesco stores in Kilrush, Ennis, Coonagh and Roxboro give surplus food to the Mid-West Simon Community several times a week as part of the No Time for Waste programme since 2014, amounting to over 100,000 meals in total.
Since becoming the first retailer to launch a nationwide surplus food donations programme in 2014 with FoodCloud, Tesco has redistributed almost 4.5 million meals to over 275 community groups across the country. Every week Tesco donates on average the equivalent of over 41,000 meals. Over 275 local community groups are already realising the benefits of Tesco’s surplus food donations including family resource centres, soup kitchens, youth services, homeless organisations, meals on wheels and more. These donations have enabled the charitable sector to save over €6 million off their food bills to date, as estimated by FoodCloud, empowering them to invest in additional support services across the country.
Tesco is calling on new community groups who could benefit from receiving surplus food donations to register to become part of the programme. Visit tesco.ie/notimeforwaste for more information.