25 March 2020
Co-op has today donated food from its Leeds University store to local food bank, Food Revival, to help support local communities and those citizens who are struggling amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
In line with Government advice, Leeds University has moved all its lessons online and closed all shops and facilities within the Union, including the Co-op food store, allowing the food retailer to redirect its stock to a much-needed cause.
Food Revival are a not for profit organisation, delivering food to benefit over 10,000 children and their families in the Leeds and Bradford area. Food banks have seen a significant drop in donations as the Coronavirus takes hold, but it is in these times of national crisis that they remain a lifeline for those who rely on the donations to feed their families.
Diane Harvey, Co-op Leeds University store manager said: “As a community retailer we have a critical role to play in supporting our members, customers and colleagues, as well as the local communities that our stores sit at the heart of. Food banks have never been more important, so it makes sense that we provide support to help keep people fed and watered during this unprecedented time.”
The cages of food which have been donated include fresh ready meals, soups and ready to cook protein, as well as sandwiches and snacking items.
Chris Green, Operations Director, Food Revival said: “At this time of huge uncertainty, we all need to pull together to help those most vulnerable and most affected by the issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The very generous food donation from the Co-op will help us to provide vital supplies to those families that are in desperate need of our support.”
Co-op also announced it’s donating £1.5m worth of food to FareShare, as well as giving food vouchers to 6,500 students across 25 Co-op academy schools who would normally receive free school meals.
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