The Roe Valley Community Food Bank has been given a serious helping hand this Christmas thanks a local appeal from Tesco in Limavady.
The store ran a three-day Christmas food appeal last week and collected an impressive 90 cases of food, which has been donated to the local food bank based in Limavady at the premises of the The Salvation Army.
Roe Valley Community Food Bank volunteer, Joan Archibald said the response was “amazing”.
“The amount of people who really care about their community is overwhelming,” said Ms Archibald. “It means we are able to help people through Christmas and into the New Year.”
Ms Archibald said among those who will be helped from the donations will be older people in the community, including 20 pensioners who will receive hampers.
“These are 20 people I know of who are struggling, but who come from an age where they won’t ask for help and try to cope on their own,” she said. “We would appeal to anyone out there who knows someone who is in need to contact the Food Bank. Because of the generosity of the people locally, the Food Bank will be able to cope with whatever comes our way.”
Tesco Community Champion, Mags Connolly, described the generosity of the people of Limavady as “simply overwhelming”.
“In partnership with local community groups, including the Dry Arch Centre, St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army and the local Girl Guides, Tesco encouraged customers to donate grocery items to help out local families during the festive season,” said Ms Connolly.
“The campaign was a major success, surpassing all expectations, with a total of 90 cases of food collected and £1,177 raised in customer donations, money which was then used to buy further foods items in-store.
“Tesco would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the customers who donated, and to the community groups who gave so much time an effort to be involved. Special thanks go to the Mayor of Limavady, Michelle Knight-McQuillan, and to ‘Frosbit boy’ Ruairi McSorley, for also lending their support to the campaign.”
Food bank volunteer Jim Herron said the Food Bank “is there to help individuals and families who may be finding it hard to cope, for whatever reason, but especially at this time of the year when there are extra pressures on families. So, if we can relieve a bit of that pressure, that’s brilliant”.
The Roe Valley Food Bank is situated at the Salvation Army Centre on Main Street in Limavady.
For assistance, or if you would like to donate, call 028 777 22613.