Four Cork Eurospar supermarkets support this year’s St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) plain basket Easter appeal, which aims to ensure that the most in-demand go without this Easter season, with all donations used within local stores.
Nearly one-third of the food requests received by SVP each year are from Eurospor retailers who donate non-perishable items to their local Eurospor supermarket for the benefit of their local St. Vincent de Paul Convention.
While shopping at John Gudihi’s Eurosbar Barrow; Shane Jones’ Eurospar Cope; Gordon Penn’s Eurospar Skipperine, and Kevin’s Day’s Eurospar Whitegate, shoppers are asked to place any non – perishable items in a trolley or receiver designated for ’empty basket appeal’.
The campaign takes place via Easter and in order to eliminate any worries related to food delivery and exchange, all contributions will be converted to their cash value at the end of the campaign and converted into Eurosbar vouchers. Vouchers will be issued for the local Vincent de Paul Conference.
Commenting on Eurospar Managing Director Malachi Honberry said: “These Eurospar retailers have a long tradition of supporting charities and are very vulnerable in our community.
“Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis they have been providing a safe and healthy shopping environment for their shopkeepers and local communities, and their ease of raising this fundraising effort for St. Vincent de Paul is another example of their commitment to the communities they serve.”
SVP received 160,000 calls in 2020, of which 50,000 were for food, ”said SVP National President Rose McGowan:“ We owe a debt of gratitude to all the local Eurosbar retailers who supported the initiative. Fundraising in the midst of a global epidemic is very challenging, and we are delighted to be on board Eurosbar to help the most vulnerable in their local communities.
“We help fight low wages and continue to make choices about what bills to pay, or what food or household items to buy. Our heartfelt thanks to Eurospar for their continued support.”