Customers at Sainsbury’s Newhaven have donated enough food to provide 6,000 meals to people suffering poverty as part of an appeal.
Shoppers on October 6 and 7 donated enough for 3,000 meals, second only in Sussex to the Hove store, matched by Sainsbury’s as part of the Million Meal Appeal, run with charity partner FareShare.
Cat Fletcher a local volunteer recruited by FareShare, lent a helping hand and additional items donated that were not suitable for storage were donated to the Newhaven Foyer. which supports young people in need of housing.
Sainsbury’s head of community affairs, Andy White, said: “Our customers have been telling us that they like giving in this way and it’s really apparent by their generosity despite difficult times.
“We’re delighted to match all the meals donated by our customers and it means that together we’re helping to provide two million meals to vulnerable members of our communities that need it the most.”
FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell added: “The response to the Million Meal Appeal has been incredible. We’ll be able to combine the donated pasta, rice and tinned food with the short life surplus meat, fruit and vegetables that we receive daily from the food industry. It will make these surpluses go even further in a time of real need.”
The first Million Meal Appeal was held in 2011 and 1.2 million meals were donated to FareShare. Newhaven was involved in both appeals and a massive two million meals have been donated in total this year.