Community supports throughout Covid-19
At Tesco Ireland, we’re proud to be a good neighbour and contribute to the communities we serve. A core value embodied by colleagues and our business is that ‘every little help, makes a big difference.’
As our traditional operations of our Community Fund are paused due to Covid-19, we are still working hard to support our communities by supporting charities nationally and locally with a series of donations to help those most in need, through the Tesco Community Fund.
Since 2014, the Tesco Community Fund has supported local good causes in the communities we serve. Each Tesco store has its own Community Fund and donates up to €1,000 between three local projects every eight weeks.
National charity donations
In March 2020, we made three special donations of €50,000 each through the Community Fund to ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland to help them respond to the Covid-19 emergency and scale up the resources they needed to support the people that needed their services. These causes were chosen in consultation with Business in the Community.
These charities have said the donations made a huge impact, at a time when they needed it most.
Local community donations
Since 2014, the Tesco Community Fund has supported local good causes in the communities we serve. Each Tesco store has its own Community Fund and donates up to €1,000 between three local projects every eight weeks - traditionally, the money is split based on the amount of 'blue tokens' each cause has received in store.
Throughout Covid-19, we have worked with our local store teams and Area Community Champions to identify those most in need, so we can continue to support these causes through the Community Fund - even without the traditional blue tokens. Currently, each store's Fund is split evenly between their chosen causes during each round.
We're now in round 6 of the Community Fund during Covid-19, with over 450 causes supported per round. So far, the rounds have each targeted specific areas, which have been identified as needing extra support due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first round of the Community Fund during Covid-19 focused on causes supporting the elderly, health impaired and vulnerable.
For the second round, projects who provide mental health support services, supports for victims of domestic abuse, the homeless, and people experiencing food poverty were among those who benefitted from donations.
The third round was dedicated to supports for young people, in recognition of the major challenges & great changes that they have experienced since the onset of the pandemic.
The fourth round was dedicated to community organisations.
The fifth round was dedicated to organisations working with the homeless.
- The sixth round is dedicated to supporting health-related community groups.
The feedback we have received from recipients of these donations has shown that ‘Every Little Helps’ is now more important than ever. Some causes have put the donations towards providing meals for vulnerable and cocooning members of their communities, while others have used the contribution to stock up on vital PPE.
We will continue to work to identify relevant local good causes to support through the Community Fund as the situation with Covid-19 continues.