EuroSpar supermarkets support St Vincent de Paul this Christmas
14 December 2021 | 0
EuroSpar supermarkets will support the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Empty Plate Appeal this year, which will help reduce the chances of a child going hungry this festive season. All in-store donations will be repatriated within local communities so those most in need this Christmas will not have to do without.
This year, as an additional measure, EuroSpar SuperEasy Supermarkets will make an additional donation from selected own-brand sales in store.
Of the 160,000 calls made to SVP in 2021, 50,000 of them were requests for food. EuroSpar Retailers are facilitating shoppers in the donation of non-perishable items at their local EuroSpar supermarket for the benefit of their local St Vincent de Paul Conference. While shopping in EuroSpar supermarkets, shoppers are asked to place any non-perishable items in the trolley or receptacle designated for the ‘Empty Plate Appeal’.
The campaign is taking place through Christmas and into early New Year. All contributions will be converted to their monetary value at the end of the campaign and will be converted into EuroSpar vouchers. The vouchers will then be given to the local St Vincent de Paul Conference.
“EuroSpar retailers have a long tradition of supporting charities and those most vulnerable in our society,” said Malachy Hanberry, managing director, EuroSpar. “Christmas is a time for giving and for generosity and their facilitating of this fundraising initiative, as well as the additional donations from selected own-brand sales in stores, for the St Vincent de Paul is another example of their commitment to the communities they serve.”
SVP National President Rose McGowan said: “We are extremely grateful to the EuroSpar retailers and staff for the effort they are putting into this venture. It is a great way to provide their customers with an opportunity to help so many people in the local communities in which their stores are based. This year more than ever the Society is relying on support of this nature as we have received more calls for help nationally than at any other time in our history.
“We estimate that by the end of the year we will have received almost 200,000 calls for help. It is through initiatives such as the Empty Plate campaign that we are to provide help to so many and we urge those in the communities served by EuroSpar shops to support it.”