Some of the most vulnerable people in Teignbridge are benefiting from a £1,000 grant to help them access food and prescriptions.
Newton Abbot Community Aid received a donation from Newton Abbot Tesco Superstore.
The scheme supports local good causes that focus on helping children and families, including schools, charities and voluntary groups.
Janette Parker, Community Champion at the Newton Abbot Tesco Superstore, presented the money to Newton Abbot Community Aid’s Jane Haydon and Pauline Wynter.
Jane said: “We’re so grateful to Tesco for their generosity in providing this donation. It allows us to continue providing support to some of the most vulnerable in our community, providing access to food, prescription collections and other support.
“We are aiming to act as a hub for groups providing additional support services and training from the premises that we are now able to use at the former Liaise Cafe in Market Walk.”
The Community Grants scheme means that Tesco shoppers can nominate a local cause they would like to see supported, and then Tesco will contact the group and encourage them to apply for funds.
Janette added: “The work that Newton Abbot Community Aid do really is incredible. They are reaching those people in our community who absolutely need assistance, often for things that many of us take for granted.
“They were formed last year in response to the pandemic, and now provide food packages to people in Newton Abbot, Ipplepen, Abbotskerswell, Kingsteignton and Denbury. Many of our customers were keen that we support the great work that they do.”
As well as the Community Grants scheme, the store is running Tesco’s Buy One to Help a Child scheme, which aims to provide meals for children via the supermarket’s charity partner FareShare.
The initiative will see Tesco make a donation to FareShare for every piece of fresh fruit and vegetables bought in-store until Sunday 8 August.
Janette added: “I know from my work with local food banks that demand has been higher than ever before over the course of the pandemic, so this scheme is really important.
“Every child – and every adult – needs a good healthy meal, and we hope our customers will take the opportunity to try some new fruit and vegetables at the same time as supporting the campaign.”
To apply for a Tesco Community Grant, visit https://tescocommunitygrants.org.uk/
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