Community Food Connection: Kent community group supports those in need during COVID-19
22 May 2020
As many vulnerable families and individuals need some extra support through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent community group Nigerian Community Association has come to the rescue with a little help from Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme.
Set up to support the welfare needs of Nigerians in Kent and Medway, each week volunteers from the Association distribute surplus food items from our stores to families, shelters, the homeless, various community centres and other charitable organisations.
Oluseyi Obadare, President at the Nigerian Community Association Kent and Medway, said:
“These are exceptional circumstances and unlike anything many of us have experienced before. We’ve doubled the number of volunteers and have almost tripled our donations each week as there are more people in need given the current challenges.
“I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Tesco customers and colleagues alike in their dedication to ensure that those most in need within our community have all they need during these trying times. No food goes to waste, it’s distributed to those in need within two hours of collection.
“We’re here to help so would encourage anyone in need in the Kent and Medway area to reach out if they need support.”
The Nigerian Community Association is just one of thousands of food banks, charities and community groups across the UK being supported in their work amid the COVID-19 crisis thanks to donations from Tesco.
Already 122 trucks full of Tesco food donations have been delivered to FareShare and the Trussell Trust, with 121 tonnes of food being delivered to FareShare’s Southern Central regional centre to support 241 charities with 286,911 meals-worth of food.
Trussell Trust food banks across the UK are each receiving almost 1,000 meals-worth of food each week from Tesco depots to support them in their vital work feeding people in crisis.
Claire Martin, Development Manager at FareShare Southern Central, said the additional donations from Tesco were making a huge difference to charities and community groups which receive supplies from them.
“We are immensely thankful to Tesco for their continued support during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the frontline charities we work with continue to provide essential support within their communities, and the additional donations from Tesco will help us to keep up a steady supply of food to them during this difficult time.”
An extra little help from Tesco
In addition to its usual supplies of surplus food to charities and community groups, Tesco is providing an extra £15m of food to support charities supplied by FareShare and foodbanks that are part of the Trussell Trust’s network. This is part of a £30m package to aid charities and voluntary groups in their response to the crisis, and means the two charities are now being supported in their work by Tesco food donations of more than £50m this year. Tesco’s package to help charities amid the crisis also includes a £1m cash donation to the Trussell Trust and FareShare to support their running costs, a £2m donation to the British Red Cross and a £2m pot from its Bags of Help community donation scheme to support local charities and community groups supporting vulnerable people with £500 grants.