Colleagues at Asda Ballyclare have come together with Newtownabbey Foodbank to thank Kevin McMahon and the Collinview Restaurant for ongoing contributions to an instore drive for food donations.
Following the launch of Asda’s ‘Fight Hunger Create Change’ programme in May, a food collection point was set up in the Ballyclare store to allow shoppers to donate much-needed supplies for local people facing hunger.
The initiative is part of Asda’s new three-year nationwide programme, working in partnership with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare, to invest at least £20 million to try and lift one million people in the UK out of food poverty.
The partnership is part of the supermarket chain’s commitment to help tackle hunger across Northern Ireland and will be funded by sales of Asda’s Bags for Life.
Kevin McMahon, Owner of Collinview Restaurant at Ballyclare Golf Club, explains how he became involved with the Asda-run programme:
“Last Christmas, the restaurant put a post on social media offering a free Christmas dinner to anyone who needed it in the Ballyclare area. We delivered over 100 meals, and we were really touched by the feedback – including how much the meal had meant to a lady who hadn’t enjoyed a Christmas dinner in 12 years since her partner died.
“The team and I were determined to continue to support individuals and families facing hunger, so working with Asda Ballyclare is a great way to carry on the work we started. Now, on a weekly basis, I fill up the Asda trolley which acts as a collection point instore – and I would encourage anyone who is able to contribute to do so.”
Newtownabbey Foodbank distributes food to people across the Newtownabbey and Ballyclare area, and last year supported 1,884 people in crisis, of which 821 were children.
Moni Wilson, Project Manager at Newtownabbey Foodbank, said:
“We would like to say a big thank-you to Asda Ballyclare colleagues and Kevin for their continued support. By donating instore, it is possible to make a real difference to the lives of local people facing hunger.
“If shoppers can donate just a few items when they do their weekly shop, it will allow us to support the many individuals and families who need our help. From tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables to long-life milk, soup, jam, cereals, rice and biscuits, we encourage you to give if you can.”
Dawn Wilson, Asda Ballyclare Community Champion, added:
“Our customers and colleagues are always very generous, and we’re really pleased to get behind the wider Asda Fight Hunger Create Change campaign, which will make a difference on a very local level as well as on bigger scale across Northern Ireland.
“A special thanks to Kevin and Collinview Restaurant for their continued support – they really are an inspiration to all of us at Asda Ballyclare, and the donations we have received so far are already making a difference to those who need them.”
Find out more about the Asda Fight Hunger Create Change initiative here: https://corporate.asda.com/blog/2018/02/08/asda-fight-hunger-create-change-our-new-partnership-to-help-one-million-people-out-of-food-poverty