Limavady shoppers help local food bank

The Mayor of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Michelle Knight-McQuillan this week launched the Tesco Limavady in store collection included is Mags Connolly Community Champion at Tesco, and volunteers from the Dry Arch Centre, and the Fire Brigade. All items donated by customers will be increased 30% by Tesco and given to the Roe Valley Foodbank. INLV3015-079KDR

The Mayor of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Michelle Knight-McQuillan this week launched the Tesco Limavady in store collection included is Mags Connolly Community Champion at Tesco, and volunteers from the Dry Arch Centre, and the Fire Brigade. All items donated by customers will be increased 30% by Tesco and given to the Roe Valley Foodbank. INLV3015-079KDR

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The Roe Valley Community Food Bank has received a major boost thanks to an initiative run by a local supermarket with support from big hearted shoppers.

Tesco Limavady launched its ‘Neighbourhood Food Collection’on Thursday.

Jim Herron of the Roe Valley Foodbank with Mags Connolly from Tesco Limavady. Tesco is running a three-day food collection to support the local food bank. (INLV3015-076KDR) Photo: Ken Reay

Jim Herron of the Roe Valley Foodbank with Mags Connolly from Tesco Limavady. Tesco is running a three-day food collection to support the local food bank. (INLV3015-076KDR) Photo: Ken Reay

The initiative, which runs until Saturday, urges customers to consider buying food or toiletries to donate to the Food Bank, which opened earlier this year.

Tesco Community Champion, Mags Connolly, said everything collected in the store over the three days will be topped by Tesco by 30 per cent. At lunchtime yesterday, several trolleys had already been filled with items.

“The whole community is behind it,” said Ms Connolly, who said customers are also asked to consider buying toiletries.

“We thought if people are finding it difficult to buy food, they won’t be able to buy toiletries,” said Ms Connolly, adding: “It’s fantastic, and we want to thank everyone.”

Roe Valley Community Food Bank volunteers Jim Herron and Joan Archibald praised the initiative.

“The food bank helps needy families in the borough.

“We need them to know the food bank is here and there is a warm welcome for them there,” said Ms Archibald.

“It’s great to see so many different groups come on board with this, although Limavady excels at this type of thing. No matter what hits this community the people are there for one another.”

Jim Herron said no matter what people donate “every little helps”.

Mr 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,” said Mr Herron.

A number of organisations locally will man the collection point over the three days, including The Dry Arch Centre, Hope, Girl Guides, The Salvation Army. St. Vincent de Paul and the NI Fire and Rescue Service.

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.