Due to unprecedented pressure on food banks across the country, Lidl Northern Ireland will be extending their dedicated food donation appeal to support those in need during the Coronavirus crisis. Lidl is appealing to customers who would like to purchase an extra tinned or long shelf-life product to leave it in a dedicated table in stores now until Tuesday, 14th April.
Last year alone, Lidl’s partnerships with FoodCloud and Fareshare saw the retailer donate more than 153,300 meals to those in need in communities across Northern Ireland. Now Lidl is building on its regular donations to appeal to customers who also want to support their local communities in this challenging time.
Commenting on the appeal, Conor Boyle, Regional Director, Lidl Northern Ireland said:
“At Lidl, we want to ensure that we do everything in our power to look out for the more vulnerable members of our communities at this difficult time. It’s clear that local food banks are under increasing pressure due to this crisis, so as such, we will be extending this appeal in hopes to support them as much as possible. With the generosity of our customers and by utilising our existing infrastructure with FoodCloud and FareShare, we will be able to quickly get the essential supplies to those in need.“
Lidl’s long-standing partnership with FareShare was established in 2014, and now has a network in place that supports a food redistribution programme across Northern Ireland which sees Lidl’s warehouse connected with local charities to donate surplus food to those in need.