Lidl has announced it is extending its charity partnership with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, for a further two years.
Last year, the eight Lidl stores in Galway and their 200 employees raised €21,000 for the charity.
The retailer has pledged to raise €2.5 million for Jigsaw, which provides free confidential professional support to young people aged between 12 and 25 in 14 centres across Ireland.
To date, Lidl Ireland has raised over €1.8 million for the charity and has committed to raise an additional €700,000 by the end of the partnership in 2024.
The partnership has already directly supported over 65 secondary schools (with a total student population of over 38,500) through a programme that empowers schools to strengthen the wellbeing and mental health of their students.
In addition to the charity work the retailer does with Jigsaw, Lidl Ireland also works with FoodCloud, and last year, Lidl stores in Galway donated 29,000 meals to charities in the local communities.
Dr Joseph Duffy, CEO of Jigsaw said: “We are so genuinely delighted that Lidl have selected to extend our partnership for a further two years.
“This is a clear demonstration of their ongoing commitment to working with us to change the conversation on youth mental health in Ireland.
“Without the commitment of community partners like Lidl, we simply cannot continue to deliver the vital mental health supports and services our young people, their families and communities deserve.
“We look forward to continuing our work with Lidl, their staff and customers in helping us all better value and better support our young people’s mental health.”