Supermarket giant Tesco is supporting the Galway Lions Club in their appeal to the Galway public to help people in need on the run-in to Christmas by supporting the Lions Club National Food Appeal.
The collections will take place this Friday, November 29 from 11am to 7pm and again on Saturday, November 30, from 11 am until 7 pm in Tesco stores all across the country and in Galway.
According to a report published in October 2012 for Safefood Ireland, entitled ‘Measuring Food Poverty In Ireland – The Indicators and Implications’, one in ten people in Ireland were living in food poverty.
The Christmas Food Appeal 2013 is to be the biggest of its kind in Ireland involving over 3,000 volunteers and could amass food which converts into approximately 80,000 meals. All food collected will be distributed to worthy causes locally.
“Lions Clubs throughout Ireland have been making an annual Food Appeal for many years and we are delighted this year to have the support of Tesco in a project which enables up to 10,000 Irish families to enjoy a festive Christmas,” commented Liam Lyons, District Governor, Lions Clubs in Ireland.
“Up to 1,600 Lions have volunteered to participate in the 2013 Food Appeal and we look forward to the continuing generosity of Tesco customers who have supported the project in the past. The needs of families are now greater than ever,” he added.
Denis McCarthy, store manager Tesco Galway, said: “Tesco feeds more families in Ireland than any other supermarket, and we work hard to make sure people can eat well even if they don’t have a lot of money. This year, we want to use our scale and our links with communities across the country to help tackle this growing problem.”