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.
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 during 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. Meanwhile, for the second round during Covid-19, projects who provide mental health support services, supports for victims of domestic abuse, the homeless, and people experiencing food poverty were among those who benefitted from donations. To date, donations through the Community Fund during Covid-19 have totalled €240,000.
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 third round of the Community Fund during Covid-19 (the fifth overall of 2020) is now underway. This round is dedicated to supports for young people, in recognition of the major challenges & great changes that they have experienced since the onset of the pandemic.
We will continue to work to identify relevant local good causes to support through the Community Fund as the situation with Covid-19 continues.
Aoife Dilworth, Ballincollig, showcasing the recipients of the store-based Community Fund for her store during Covid-19.
Now more than ever, every little helps. #TescoCommunityFund