Waitrose extended their support to Jersey’s annual Tinathon collection last week through a food bank collection at their Red Houses and St Saviour’s branches.
A total of 2850 items of tinned food from both branches was delivered to the West Centre on Friday 16 May where the Tinathon donation centre is based.
Waitrose customers were given the opportunity to buy an extra grocery item from a suggested shopping list should they wish, which will be distributed to people in need.
Donations from all of the local Tinathon events were collected and counted at the West Centre before being split between the Shelter Trust and the Ecce Homo Romania Outreach Group. The Shelter Trust is the largest provider of services for homeless people on the island, while Ecce Homo send containers of aid of food to Romania.
Michelle Cuthbert, a member of the organising committee for the Tinathon, said: “The generosity of customers at the Waitrose collection day was overwhelming and we are extremely grateful to be able to provide these charities with such a vast amount of donations. It will make such a huge difference to the families and individuals who receive support through these two charities.”
Duncan Langston, branch manager of Waitrose St Saviour, said: “Food bank collections are always a great success in our branches and we’re confident that it will help many families in need. I would like to thank our customers for their support of this initiative.”
Local food banks are invited to get in contact with their nearest Waitrose branch to arrange dates that they would like to hold collections.