Spar Gran Canaria has donated approximately 9,000 kilograms of essential food items to the food bank of Las Palmas, Cáritas Diocesana and the Spanish Red Cross to help disadvantaged families during the coronavirus outbreak.
The food bank of Las Palmas received 2,300 kilograms of essential products, including locally produced Canarian flour, canned goods, rice, legumes, and long-life milk.
Spar donated 3,266 kilograms of non-perishable food, water and juices along with almost 1,500 kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables to the social service organisation, Cáritas Diocesana.
The fruit and vegetables were sourced from local farmers who were unable to sell their produce to regular customers due to the lockdown, the retailer added.
Cáritas Diocesana will use the food items to prepare and serve around 220 fresh meals each day to homeless people at communal kitchens or to disadvantaged elderly residents who are confined to their homes.
The retailer donated around 1,900 kilograms of food to the Spanish Red Cross and also launched a new campaign that issues Red Cross aid vouchers to the most vulnerable families.
The vouchers can be redeemed for goods at any of the 189 Spar outlets on the Spanish island before 30 May, Spar stated.
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