Added on: 19th October, 2016 by O1
Residents with dementia are being helped to live as well as possible thanks to donations of fresh produce from Tesco in Orpington.
Each week the store hands over quality food including fruit, vegetables, bread and cakes to the St Paul’s Wood MindCare Dementia Support Centre as part of the Tesco Community Food Connection programme.
MindCare uses the food to make fresh healthy meals for people attending the centre run by Bromley and Lewisham Mind at the United Reformed Church Hall in Giggs Hill, St Paul’s Cray.
Those attending also get involved in preparing the food for cooking, maintaining everyday skills essential to living well with dementia.
“It is wonderful to be part of an innovative, socially and environmentally friendly scheme such as this and we are grateful to Tesco for involving us,” said Ben Taylor, chief executive of Bromley and Lewisham Mind.
“It is a great example of how businesses and charities can work together to serve their local communities.”
Claire Davies, customer experience manager at Tesco in Orpington, said the store tried to help where it could, creating a spirit of warmth and community. “We are building links with the community and a foundation because we are based in the community,” she explained.
With between 40,000 and 50,000 shoppers a week passing through its doors, Tesco is well placed to assist many other local charities, groups and organisations in a variety of ways. The Salvation Army uses the large downstairs area for collections, the Scouts raise cash with bag packs and a Bromley Foodbank is located near the tills, which generous shoppers quickly fill. In addition, just before Christmas and in the summer, Foodbank takes over the entire foyer for two major collections. The store’s own community champion Beverley Smith organises many donations of gift cards or specific items to charities such as MacMillan Cancer Support or for local school fetes and other events.
She also hosts Farm to Fork visits by local children, where they learn about the value of good nutrition. The youngsters are given goody bags to take home with recipes they can make with their parents.
“We want to serve Orpington shoppers a bit better every day,” said Claire, who hails from the valleys of Wales. “I am passionate about it.“Growing up as a kid, if we had not had help, with all the mines closing down, I do not know where we would be.
“People are in a bad position sometimes and we have gotto give out to those people.”