IGA Supermarkets Tasmania (IGA) has reached the milestone amount of $1.5 million dollars donated to local Tasmanian charities since 2010 after the latest round of the IGA Charity Relief program.
Each Christmas, IGA donates $50,000 in IGA Food Cards to help Tasmanian welfare agencies put food on the table of those less fortunate, at a time of year that can be particularly difficult for many families and individuals.
The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Anglicare each received $10,000 worth of food cards to distribute to those in need, while Hobart City Mission, City Mission Launceston, the Launceston Benevolent Society and Uniting Care Tasmania will receive $5,000 each.
IGA will also present $2,500 worth of food cards to Legacy to help support the families and dependents of veterans.
CEO of Tasmanian Independent Retailers and IGA stores representative, Grant Hinchcliffe said he was pleased to once again support these valuable Tasmanian community organisations, who work tirelessly to provide some relief for those doing it tough during the festive season.
“While most look forward to the chance to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones, it can be a particularly stressful time of year for some members of the Tasmanian community,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.
“The vital work charitable organisations do for those in need of food, warmth and shelter across Tasmania should be applauded. These organisations are stretched to the limit at this time of year and we are proud to be able to assist them to deliver the invaluable services they provide.
“These donations are just one of the ways IGA assists the Tasmanian community throughout each year. All of the 81 IGA outlets throughout Tasmania are extremely proud to show their support in what is believed to be one of the largest public giving campaigns in Tasmania.”
With this round of donations, IGA’s community support for 2018 has reached approximately $150,000 and includes donations to Pollie Pedal, Cancer Council Tasmania, Launceston Tornadoes, Northern Tasmania Junior Football Association and Launceston Football Club.