Updated: 15/11/16 : 07:15:20
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Annual Christmas Food Appeal in Sligo

Lions Clubs, FoodCloud and Tesco Ireland are asking shoppers to support families in need by donating a food item during a two-day Christmas Food Appeal, which will take place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November between 11am – 7.30pm in the Tesco store in Sligo Town.

In the last three years alone the annual Christmas Food Appeal has collected over €500,000 worth of food for families. Over €1,000 worth of food was donated by Sligo shoppers in 2015, and this year the appeal is hoping to build on this success and support as many families in need as possible by providing hampers of non-perishable food items in the run-up to Christmas.

Joe Smith, Lions Club Food Appeal Coordinator commented, “We have been running a national Food Appeal since the 1980’s and are incredibly proud of the difference that the Tesco Food Appeal makes to families across Ireland. It is fantastic that in the last three years alone we have collected food worth over €500,000. We are determined to make this year’s food appeal the most successful yet. ”

Redistributed

Building on the success of Tesco Ireland’s surplus food redistribution programme with FoodCloud, this year’s food appeal will also support FoodCloud’s partner charities who have been receiving fresh surplus food donations from Tesco stores. In the last two years this programme has redistributed over 2 million meals to over 200 local causes.

Iseult Ward, Co - Founder & CEO of FoodCloud added: “We are delighted to join with Tesco and the Lions Club in the annual Food Appeal which will further strengthen our reach in local communities this festive season. We are aware that Christmas can be a challenging time for many families and it’s great that we can provide additional donations of long-lasting food through the food appeal that support the fresh surplus food donations our partner charities are already receiving from stores.”

Christine Heffernan, Corporate Affairs Director Tesco Ireland, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers over the last few years. We are proud to have FoodCloud on board this year which will help increase the number of local organisations that we can support.“

Volunteers

All food collected during the appeal in Tesco stores will be sorted by volunteers from FoodCloud’s partner charities and the 115 Lions Clubs spread throughout the country, who will redistribute food parcels to those who need them most. A number of charitable organisations will benefit from this year’s food appeal including St. Vincent de Paul and Friends of the Elderly to mention a few.

To support the Christmas Food Appeal and give a little help to families in need, please visit your local Tesco store on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November between 11am – 7.30pm and make a food donation – Every Little Helps!

Shoppers can donate one or more of the following items in their local Tesco store:

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