As schools remained closed throughout the country, Tesco stores across Belfast stepped in to provide children with stationary and food to help struggling families across the province.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, schools around the country closed and parents in Belfast were forced to home school their children – often without the resources to support their learning.
Without the necessary school supplies, young minds lack the quality of education that will enable them to thrive academically.
Arnette Martin Community Champion at Tesco Newtownbreda who created the initiative said: “This year more people than ever are struggling as families across the community face a financial crisis. The continued closure of schools added to the pressure local families were already under as they struggle to meet the demands of home-schooling with often limited resources”
Children from low-income households are already at higher risk for poorer academic performance than children from high-income households and supply shortfalls are at risk of causing further disadvantages.
She continues: “Through the support of Tesco we were able to ensure that children had access to vital supplies and food, and we have already seen how much this means to struggling families who don’t necessary have the resources to support their children at home – it shows first-hand how we can have a positive impact on local communities”
Paul Grogan, Community Champion Manager added “We are proud to lead this crucial initiative for local children in need. This is an extremely challenging times for families many of whom are facing unprecedented struggles. At Tesco we intend to continue support our local communities by providing them with essential materials to help families in need.”