Customers encourged to donate food

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Customers at Lidl in Oban are being encouraged to donate food and groceries during their shops.

The company is rolling out customer food donation boxes nationwide so people can support vulnerable families and community groups during the coronavirus.

It is an extension of Lidl’s ‘Feed It Back’ scheme launched two years ago with partners Neighbourly to encourage customers to donate food and toiletries to local charities.

That scheme has seen over five million meals given to community projects.

Donations will be distributed to food banks, community centres, soup kitchens and more.

Christian Härtnagel, of Lidl GB, said: ‘In these trying times, it’s vitally important that we look to help those within our communities who are in most need of our support.’

Steve Butterworth, of Neighbourly, added: ‘Our network of charities and community causes are working round the clock at this time to support isolated and vulnerable members of the community with food and basic essentials. Anything that customers can donate will make a huge difference to someone in their community.’

The supermarket will donate £100,000 to Neighbourly as part of the Covid-19 Emergency Community Fund.

Any community projects that are interested in partnering with a Lidl store for ongoing food surplus donation can visit www.neighbourly.com/FeedItBack or email lidl@neighbourly.com.