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Tesco Bags of Help

12th June 2018

Tameside East Foodbank is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Tameside East Foodbank is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
We rely on donations of food from the general public at Tesco’s and other local collection points but increasingly we are being asked to supply ad hoc items such as shampoo, cleaning products and more topically sanitary items. There have been recent articles in the press around girls missing school when they have their period, for example;

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/girls-skipping-school-periods-cant-afford-tampons-sanitary-pads-a7629766.html

This funding would help us supply these items.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July & August 2018 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £52 million to more than 16,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

You can vote for Tameside East Foodbank at the following stores:

Tesco Express, Mossley Road, Ashton OL6 6NQ
Tesco Express, Mancunian Road, Denton M34 7NP
Tesco Superstore, Wren Nest Road, Glossop SK13 8HB
Tesco Express, Station Road, Hadfield, SK13 1AR
Tesco Extra, Stockport Road, Hattersley, SK14 3AU
Tesco Express , Stockport Road, Hyde, SK14 5RF
Tesco Superstore, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BJ

 

The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.

  • So far Bags of Help has awarded £52 million to over 16,000 community projects.
  • For more information please visit: tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

 

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