Tesco store donates tonnes of food to help Sheffield foodbank supply a million meals
A Sheffield Tesco store has donated more than 17 tonnes of food to a local foodbank through regular food donations, as the organisation predicts it will supply one million meals to struggling people this year.
Last year, the Infirmary Road store provided over 17 tonnes of surplus foodstuff to S6 Food Bank through the Tesco Community Food Connection scheme, and donated money raised through independent fundraisers at the store.
When the pandemic hit, S6 Foodbank ran four foodbank sites, predominantly around the S6 area, feeding around 155 people each week.
Now, the team is responsible for nine foodbank sites across the city, stretching from Crookes to Sharrow and from Woodhouse to Firth Park, feeding 1,200 people each week.
Mark Kanaris, Store Manager at the Infirmary Road store, said supporting local organisations is vital. He said: “The S6 Foodbank is responsible for such inspiring and life changing work, and we think it’s only right to support where we can.
"Over time, our relationship with the foodbank has grown and grown.
"Along with our permanent collection point, this year has also seen the store begin to deliver directly from the distribution centre to the foodbank, as well as sending pallets upon pallets of bags from the store to help the foodbank redistribute the food to those who need it most.”
Colleagues at the store are keen to continue to support the foodbank in any way we can, which includes volunteering their time to help out at the organisation.
Alison Wise, spokesperson for the S6 Foodbank, said: “The support of Mark and the team from Tesco Infirmary Road has been invaluable to us at S6 Foodbank, and never more so than over the past fifteen months.
“Demand exploded at our foodbank when the pandemic hit, and we saw our referral numbers jump from supporting 150 people a week to 1200 people a week.
"The Tesco team continued to support us with ever increasing orders of stock; raising awareness of our work in the city; and always being a friendly face amidst the chaos.
“With referral numbers predicted to rise as furlough ends, the continued support of corporate partners is vital to ensure we are able to support people in need in our communities.”