Tesco to provide £30 million coronavirus community support package
Tesco is to offer a £30 million package of support to local communities throughout the Covid-19 crisis. This will include a £25 million food donations programme.
The supermarket currently donates £3 million worth of food every month via its Community Food Connection scheme and distribution centres. Through this new scheme, Tesco will provide a top up food donation of £15 million of food to FareShare and the Trussell Trust over the next 12 weeks. It will also donate a further £1 million to support the charities’ operations.
Through its existing partnership with the British Red Cross, Tesco will also donate £2 million to assist the charity in its work in helping some of the most vulnerable people in communities around the UK. In addition, Tesco stores across the country will have access to more than £1 million of funding to enable them to support causes in their local area.
Tesco group chief executive Dave Lewis said: “Our stores are at the heart of the communities we serve and as well as supporting our customers and colleagues, we want to help those who need it most, locally. We will significantly boost our food donations programme, to ensure food banks and community groups have the supplies they need; whilst giving extra resources to the British Red Cross and focus our Bags of Help scheme to deliver more community support where it’s most needed at this difficult time.”
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