Tesco community champion supports local children and families with fruit and veg donations

Tesco community champion at Llandrindod Wells, Jayne Griffiths, has been donating fresh fruit and veg to local children and families to highlight the supermarket’s new Buy One to Help a Child scheme.

Last week, Jayne supported teachers and pupils at Trefonen C of E Primary School in Trefonen with donations of tasty fruit and veg in support of a special anti-social behaviour awareness course run by the local police.

She is also organising fruit donations to the local HAF programme of summer activities, and to the Credu Big Weekend for young carers in Llandinam.

The new Buy One to Help a Child scheme builds on Tesco’s existing food redistribution programme with FareShare, which last year saw Tesco provide more than 29 million meals of surplus food. Tesco will be making a donation to FareShare for every piece of fresh fruit and vegetables bought in store until Sunday 8th August.

Jayne said: “I know from my work with local food banks that demand has been higher than ever before over the course of the pandemic, and so this scheme is really important. Every child – and every adult – needs a good healthy meal, and we hope our customers will take the opportunity to try some new fruit and vegetables at the same time as supporting the campaign.”

The new scheme follows a successful Food Collection weekend at the Waterloo Road Superstore earlier this month, where long-life food was donated by customers and staff in support of the Trussell Trust’s Llandrindod Foodbank.

Jayne said: “I’d like to thank all of our customers for supporting our food collection so generously. Every little really does help. I’m always looking for more organisations we can help locally, so please get in touch with us if we can help.”

During the pandemic Jayne, who has Type 2 diabetes, has been working with Diabetes UK in Powys to come up with healthy recipes for those living with the condition, and has also worked with local food banks to put together food parcels that provide them with the right foods to support effective management of the condition.