Tesco gives grants to nine community groups in King's Lynn impacted by Covid-19
Tesco has given emergency grants of £500 to nine community groups in Lynn which have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The money has been awarded to these groups from Tesco's Covid-19 Community Fund since the start of the pandemic.
The groups are Lynn Foodbank, Mr Bee’s Family Centre, Lynn Debt Centre, The Norfolk Hospice, One Voice 4 Travellers, West Norfolk Befriending, Purfleet Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ACCESS – Supporting Migrants in East Anglia.
Keith Jackson, local communications manager at Tesco in the East of England, said: "Due to the sustained need for the emergency support we saw from local community groups, we took the decision to extend the scheme's deadline beyond the original 12-week mark.
"We're proud to have worked with all kinds of groups up the length and breadth of the country, all of whom were in urgent need of a cash boost in order to go on providing local people with vital services.”
Tesco Group CEO, Dave Lewis, said: “Our stores are at the heart of the communities we serve and as well as supporting our customers and colleagues, we wanted to help those who need it most, locally. We significantly boosted our food donations programme, to ensure food banks and community groups have the supplies they need; whilst giving extra resources to the British Red Cross and focus our Bags of Help scheme to deliver more community support where it’s most needed at this difficult time.”
Tesco provided an extra £4 million of extra funding to groups across the UK reacting to the pandemic. The grants are part of the retailer's £30 million package of support to help local communities tackling the coronavirus outbreak.