Mercadona donates 780 tons of necessities to food banks and charities
Mercadona donated 780 tons of food and basic necessities to soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in the Canary Islands during 2020. This amount, which is equivalent to 13,000 shopping trolleys, is 63% more than the amount they delivered the previous year, as a result of the health pandemic and economic crisis.
The company is continuing with this work in 2021 and has incorporated three more centres in Tenerife into its distribution network. Now, the Virgen de la Esperanza, Café y Calor Association (Cáritas) and the Regional Assembly of La Laguna, Tegueste and El Rosario (Red Cross) receive food such as fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, sausages, bread or pasta on a daily basis.
These centres join the Padre Laraña Association, La Milagrosa and the José Luis Montesinos Canarian Foundation, with which the supermarket company already collaborated on the island.
Donations are made first thing in the morning, from Monday to Saturday, thanks to Mercadona's logistical and human resources, which bring food to soup kitchens, food banks and centres with which it collaborates on a daily basis in the Canary Islands, and deliver it in the best conditions for quality and food safety.
In addition to having 15 soup kitchens and centres to which it donates daily in the Canary Islands, the company also collaborates with entities such as Cáritas, the Red Cross, the Municipal Food Bank of Pájara (Fuerteventura), and the Municipal Food Banks of Las Palmas and Tenerife. Mercadona delivered a total of 350 tons of essential products to the last two in 2020, an increase of 700%.
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