Today we announced that we will dedicate the fourth round of our Community Fund in 2020 to support those most in need due to Covid-19. We are donating €120,000 to hundreds of local causes based in communities throughout Ireland. 453 community-based projects who provide mental health support services, supports for victims of domestic abuse, the homeless, and people experiencing food poverty are among those who will benefit.
Launching the donations, our CEO Kari Daniels said, “As the impact of Covid-19 runs deep into our communities, we want to continue to support those most impacted. At a time when charitable revenues are experiencing a downturn we hope that dedicating a second round of our €120,000 Community Fund will help these good causes to continue to provide their invaluable services to those who need it most in our communities.”
Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland, welcomed the Fund, “Whilst we are aware of the short-term impact COVID-19 is having on society at present, the longer-term effect on those most at risk such as people with mental health concerns, suffering from domestic violence, experiencing food poverty or homelessness is likely to be acute. Community groups nationwide representing those most impacted by COVID-19 are currently experiencing an increasing demand for their services alongside a decline in their fundraising income, so strategic support from initiatives like the Tesco Community Fund provides much needed help now when its needed most.”
The Community Fund donations are one of a series of measures that we have implemented to help those most in need in communities across Ireland as the national effort continues in the fight against Covid-19. In late March, we provided over €270,000 in Community Fund donations; including three special donations of €50,000 each to national charities ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland to support their efforts in helping the elderly, family carers and the most vulnerable members of our communities across the country.
We continue to support frontline workers with priority access to our stores and support the elderly and family carers by giving them exclusive access in stores up to 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Launched in July 2014, the Tesco Community Fund supports local causes in the communities around our 151 stores throughout Ireland. Every eight weeks, each of our stores donates up to €1,000 (€500 in smaller stores) between three local causes and charities in its community. To date, the Community Fund has helped over 16,750 local projects by donating over €4.7 million in total.