CUSTOMERS at Sainsbury’s in Newhaven donated enough food to provide 4,000 meals to people in need this Christmas.
Sainsbury’s and its charity partner FareShare teamed up to hold the first ever food donation drive at the store in The Drove.
The collection, known as the ‘1 Million Meal Appeal’, took place on Saturday November 26 and involved over 600 Sainsbury’s stores.
The aim of the initiative was to collect enough food to provide one million meals to the 700 UK charities FareShare provides food for on a daily basis.
Lewes MP Norman Baker turned up at the supermarket to support the scheme.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the FareShare food drive at Sainsbury’s Newhaven Harbour, which is a great cause, and was a great success.
“The project has raised 1.2 million meals and all those who got involved should be commended.
“Their efforts will help to support local charities this winter and make a real difference to those who are less fortunate this Christmas.
Sainsbury’s has been working with FareShare since 1994 but this was the first time customers across the UK had the opportunity to take part in a food donation appeal to support FareShare.
On the day, customers were invited to choose from a variety of suggested items including tins (meat, fish, veg, fruit), dried pasta, rice, tea and instant coffee.
The food drive was assisted on the day by volunteers from Allied Bakeries, which provided logistical support for the event.
Perishable items not suitable for Fareshare, were donated to Newhaven Foyer, which will help youngsters living there enjoy Christmas.