Galway gives €16,060 in Christmas Food Appeal

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Minister for Rural and Community Development and Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys TD ,Natasha Adams, Tesco Ireland CEO and Aoibheann O’Brien, co-founder of FoodCloud launch the Tesco Christmas Food Appeal. Photo: Julien Behal Photography

People in Galway donated €16,060.70 worth of food and household items as part of Tesco’s annual Food Appeal this year.

The goods raised in Galway will be distributed to groups including Ballinasloe Christian Fellowship, NUIG Pantry and SVP Galway in time for the holiday season.

This is the 10th annual appeal by Tesco, which saw €230,000 worth of goods donated by customers shopping in store, and online.

Tesco itself will be adding 20% on top of that, bringing the total to over €275,000 worth of goods going to more than 140 good causes nationwide.

Natasha Adams, Tesco Ireland CEO said “We’re very aware that many families are under a lot of pressure this year. Our partners at FoodCloud are redistributing twice the amount of food since pre-pandemic levels and the demand for food is growing.”

“As an extra little help this Christmas, we want to give our support to these communities and will top up the Christmas Food Appeal food donations by 20% to support those in need.”

“Thank you to all our customers and colleagues who donated over the weekend, as together, these donations make a real difference in supporting our communities.”

The appeal, the most successful in its 10 year history, took place over three days on December 2 – 4.

The top-up donation made by Tesco will be distributed by FoodCloud Hubs in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Since 2013, the equivalent of €1.5 million has been collected in food donations which have been shared with those in need in local communities.