Sunday 22 April 2018

Christmas spirit in full flow as Tesco donates surplus food to Simon Community

Tesco arrive at the Mid-West Simon Community with Christmas hampers for those in need
Tesco arrive at the Mid-West Simon Community with Christmas hampers for those in need
Tesco donate surplus food to the Simon Community
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Tesco Ireland made a special delivery to the Mid-West Simon Community today in a van filled with Christmas treats for the families living in their community hub.

As part of Tesco's No Time for Waste campaign, the van itself (a retired grocery home shopping van) was also donated to the charity and will be used to redistribute food to Simon Community networks across Ireland.

The van was filled with hampers of toys, ham turkey and all the trimmings for a festive feast.

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.

Tesco donate surplus food to the Simon Community
Tesco donate surplus food to the Simon Community

"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.

Tesco has also made a commitment that by 2020 no good food will go to waste from any Tesco Ireland stores.

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