Nisa retailers have donated almost £280,000 to good causes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.
A majority of the money raised has gone to food and health charities in response to current needs of local communities.
Since the beginning of lockdown on 23 March, Nisa partners have collectively donated £279,142 via the symbol group’s Making a Difference Locally charity, with 307 individual stores making a total of 443 donations during the period.
More than half of the donations (52%) have been made to charities promoting good health and wellbeing while 43% were made to those promoting good food and nutrition, such as food banks and other community groups.
Nisa partners donated £108,716 through Making a Difference Locally in June, an increase of 5% on the previous month.
Lo’gelly Lunches was supported with an £850 donation from the Nisa Local in Lochgelly in Fife to help fund provisions for local people.
The voluntary group operates a project in the town looking to combat food poverty, social isolation and clothes poverty.
Community education worker Lorraine Mullen said on behalf of the group: “The service, as you can imagine as a result of the recent impact of social distancing, has had to change to meet the demands of our community. We are now operating as a community larder, offering food packs to families suffering as a result of the current Covid-19 crisis.
“The donation from Nisa enables us to offer support to vulnerable families by providing fresh food within their local community. This is absolutely crucial at this time as many families find themselves caught up in a web of benefits that are taking time to kick in, with a knock-on effect of leaving households with little money available.
“We will also use some of the monies to create a ‘joyful monies’ programme, whereby we can use some to cultivate a spirit of togetherness in the community, through projects aimed at the wider community, such as cooking initiatives and perhaps a growing project.”
Since its formation in 2008, Making a Difference Locally has raised over £11.7m and supported charities and other good causes with more than 12,000 donations.