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Lions Club and Tesco Ireland join forces to launch nationwide Christmas Food Appeal

Monday, November 24th: Lions Clubs International and Tesco Ireland today launched a nationwide Christmas Food Appeal which will take place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December in all 147 Tesco stores across the country. The appeal looks to support as many families as possible in the run-up to Christmas.

Lions Club and Tesco are appealing to the Irish public to help people in need this Christmas by making a donation in their local Tesco store between 11am – 7pm on both food collection days.

Lions Food Appeal Co-ordinator, Joe Smith commented, “We have been running a national Food Appeal since the 1980’s, and the need for support in our localities is now greater than ever. Our partnership with Tesco has been most welcome and has enabled us to fulfil our commitment to those in need.”

During the two day appeal, customers will be handed a ‘shopping list’ by Lions Club and Tesco volunteers when entering their local Tesco store that suggests non-perishable food items including tea bags, breakfast cereals, Christmas cake, tinned goods and other treats. They can then choose to add an item to their shopping basket and donate it in the branded food collection trolley when leaving the store.

All food collected will be sorted by Lions Club volunteers who will create festive food hampers to be distributed by local charity partners to those in need across their community.

Christine Heffernan, Corporate Affairs Director Tesco Ireland commented, “Last year our customers and colleagues were overwhelming in their generosity and donated €138,000 worth of food which was given to families across the country. For many families the food appeal is the difference between having a comfortable Christmas and going without and so we’re really proud to be able to partner with the Lions Club on such an important initiative.”

Lions Club International, an organisation that coordinates a wide range of projects and supports local people in their communities, has 115 clubs spread throughout the country. Volunteers across Ireland will give their time to collect, pack and distribute the food to those in need. To support the Christmas Food Appeal and help families through the Christmas period, please visit your local store on Friday 5th or Saturday 6th December and make a donation – Every Little Helps!

 

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For further information, images or interview opportunities please contact:  

Jenny Hayes, PR Manager Tesco Ireland

 

EDITOR’S NOTES:

 

How the Food Collections will work:

  • Food Collections will take place in Tesco stores on Friday 5th and Saturday the 6th December 2014
  • The events will run on both days between 11am to 7pm.
  • Donation trollies will be clearly visible and sign-posted at locations in the front of stores.
  • Only non-perishable goods are requested for donation.

 

What types of food are suitable for the Collections?

  • Tea bags/Instant coffee
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Tinned goods (vegetables, fruit, fish, meat)
  • Pasta & Paste Sauces
  • Rice & Rice Pudding  
  • Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Soft drinks
  • Sweet Treats
  • Selection Boxes,
  • Christmas Cake, etc…

Lions Clubs International has 115 clubs spread throughout the country with an unparalleled reputation for working to answer the needs that challenge communities across Ireland and the world.  This includes humanitarian relief, youth leadership as well as holding an annual food collection during December each year.  The Lions annual food collection has been operating for over 25 years in Ireland and in 2013 expanded the reach of the campaign using Tesco stores to help people in need across Ireland.  Lions Clubs International was founded in the United States in 1917.  It is the largest Humanitarian, Voluntary Organisation comprising of 1.4 million members with over 46,000 Clubs in 207 Countries.