Tack­ling chil­dren’s hol­i­day hunger

Co-op Mem­bers have helped raise an amaz­ing £19mil­lion* for lo­cal causes like Dundee Bairns - who feed chil­dren dur­ing the school hol­i­days

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We all want to make sure we’re do­ing our best to sup­port our lo­cal com­mu­nity and give back. And now Co-op Mem­bers have been help­ing sup­port their lo­cal causes just by do­ing their reg­u­lar shop. Be­cause when Co-op Mem­bers buy se­lected Co-op branded prod­ucts and ser­vices, from a pint of milk, or a loaf of bread to a funeral plan, 1%* of what they spend goes to a lo­cal cause in their com­mu­nity, that they get to choose. Since Novem­ber 2017, Co-op Mem­bers have helped raise £19mil­lion* for lo­cal causes across the UK.

One cause that’s ben­e­fit­ted from Co-op Mem­ber’s sup­port is Dundee Bairns which helps sup­port lo­cal chil­dren each year. The char­ity was set up by re­tired chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dundee City Coun­cil David Dor­ward when he re­alised that chil­dren who re­ceive free school meals in term time had no such pro­vi­sion dur­ing the school hol­i­days. That’s when he came up with a ‘Fun and Food’ pro­gramme for Dundee Bairns to pro­vide free meals through­out the hol­i­days to chil­dren who usu­ally get them at school. So ev­ery Oc­to­ber, Easter and Sum­mer hol­i­days, David and his team tackle “hol­i­day hunger” reach­ing out to about 60 dif­fer­ent projects in the more de­prived ar­eas of the city with a va­ri­ety of meals to keep lit­tle bel­lies full. It’s also vi­tal for en­sur­ing chil­dren are get­ting the right nu­tri­ents they need to stay well and grow into strong, healthy adults. And there’s never any waste. Any left­overs from the scheme are then handed out to the young­sters to take home to their fam­i­lies.

“In the last two years, we’ve pro­vided 100,000 meals. And we do all of that through fund­ing from lo­cal char­i­ties and the Co-op,” says David. This bril­liant work is re­ally mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Dundee, but it re­lies on dona­tions. Thank­fully for Co-op Mem­bers, it couldn’t be eas­ier to help fund im­por­tant work like this in com­mu­ni­ties across the UK.

Dur­ing a re­cent visit, Ibrahim, a Co-op Mem­ber en­joyed see­ing how his 1%* helps causes like Dundee Bairns. “I go into stores and use the card but I had no idea that 1% comes to char­i­ties like this. It’s re­ally good to see the im­pact it has on the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

As well as the 1%* go­ing to a lo­cal cause when they buy se­lected Co-op branded prod­ucts and ser­vices, Co-op Mem­bers also re­ceive 5%* back into their on­line Mem­ber­ship ac­count. So, not only do they help a lo­cal cause they get some­thing back to spend in store on the next shop.

Chil­dren re­ceive school hol­i­day meals thanks to Dundee Bairns

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