Tesco teams up with Lions Club for 2013 Christmas Food Appeal
Tesco will support the Lions Club's nationwide food appeal to support those in need this Christmas
22 November 2013
Tesco is supporting the Lions Club in its appeal to the public to help people in need in the run up to Christmas by supporting its National Food Appeal.
Food collections will take place in Tesco stores across the country on 29 and 30 November from 11.00 to 19.00 on both days.
Volunteers from local clubs will be working with Tesco colleagues to man donation points over the two days, handing out suggested shopping lists and collecting donated food from Tesco customers.
The Christmas Food Appeal 2013 is to be the biggest of its kind in Ireland involving over 3,000 volunteers and could amass food which converts into approximately 80,000 meals.
At the end of each day, the group will be taking delivery of all donated food, which will be redistributed as hampers to the needy in the clubs local communities, as well as being donated to local charities.
Commenting on the event Liam Lyons, district governor, Lions Clubs in Ireland, said: "Lions Clubs throughout Ireland have been making an annual food appeal for many years and we are delighted this year to have the support of Tesco in a project which enables up to 10,000 Irish families to enjoy a festive Christmas."
He added: "Up to 1,600 Lions have volunteered to participate in the 2013 Food Appeal and we look forward to the continuing generosity of Tesco customers who have supported the project in the past."
With one in ten people in Ireland living in food poverty, according to a reported released by Safefood Ireland in October, the need for support in the run up to Christmas is greatly needed.
Commenting on the appeal and the help it will provide to Irish people in need this Christmas, Michelle Mahon, corporate responsibility manager, Tesco, said: "Tesco feeds more families in Ireland than any other supermarket, and we work hard to make sure people can eat well even if they don’t have a lot of money. This year, we want to use our scale and our links with communities across the country to help tackle this growing problem."