A BARRY foodbank set up by parents has benefitted from a supermarket’s support event.

Cadog’s Corner – set up by parents of children at Cadoxton Primary – was one of eight charities given a share of 7,434 meals worth of food from Tesco’s ‘buy one to help a child’ event last summer.

Cadog’s Corner was set up to provide meals for families and also provide food packages and cooking workshops for children and families.

Hannah Cogbill, Cadoxton Primary School teacher and volunteer at Cadog’s Corner said: “We’re very grateful to FareShare and Tesco for supporting us and our local community. The food we receive makes such a difference to the families of Barry.

“Cadog’s Corner was set up by parents and staff at Cadoxton Primary School to address social isolation, reduce food waste and improve food literacy, while offering opportunities for pupils and parents to learn new skills such as cooking and food hygiene.

“We are here to support the Barry community to ensure that no-one foes hungry. Together we can and together we will. We are also here to help make links to other much-needed support services in this time of uncertainty.”

What is the ‘buy one to help a child’ event?

‘Buy one to help a child’ is an event run by Tesco to help provide food for foodbanks across the country. When customers buy fruit and vegetables in store or online between certain dates, Tesco will give a donation to FareShare which will allow the charity to provide donations to other charities throughout Wales.

Last summer, the event saw more than three million meals worth of food given to FareShare after customers bought armfuls of avocados and apples and bags of broccoli and bananas during their shopping trips. The food was then given out to charities across the UK for children and families to be able to have the food they need.

Across Wales, 195,906 meals-worth of food was given to 188 charities.


How can you get involved?

Tesco will be running the ‘buy one to help a child’ scheme from Monday, March 21, to Sunday, April 3. For every fruit or vegetable product bought in Tesco stores or online at Tesco.com during this period, Tesco will provide a donation to FareShare which will then be redistributed to charities as food items.

Sarah Germain, CEO of FareShare Cymru said: “The Tesco buy one to help a child campaign makes such a difference to us because it helps us to support children and families in South Wales during the school holidays.

“Supporting the needs of children early in their life is very important to FareShare as we see what a difference access to healthy food can make in young people’s lives. In our tenth year of partnership, we are very grateful for Tesco and their ongoing commitment to help FareShare redistribute good to eat food to thousands of charities across the UK.”

Tesco UK and ROI CEO, Jason Tarry, said: “FareShare do amazing work supporting frontline charities, and the food they distribute is making a real difference to young people and families in every part of the UK.

“Every time Tesco customers put a piece of fruit in their basket until Sunday, April 3, Tesco will make a donation to FareShare, giving a little extra help to support them in their vital work, ensuring even more children can enjoy healthy and nutritious food.”