SUPERMARKET retailer Asda has announced that during Ramadan it will be donating thousands of pounds to FareShare to support Muslim charities and community groups across Wales.

Through its charity partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare, Asda is enabling hundreds of vulnerable families access to food which might otherwise have gone to waste.

On top of this donation, Asda community champions will be able to donate £10,000 worth of food and goods to support Muslim communities local to Asda stores.

Jo Warner, Asda’s Senior Director of Community said:“We know the past year has been challenging for our communities as they’ve faced worrying and uncertain times. Through our work with FareShare, we’re supporting vulnerable families and providing meals to those most in need.

“Food is to be shared and enjoyed and is often a central part of bringing communities together, especially during important religious festivals such as Ramadan. I know many are hoping for a small family gathering to share pre-fasting and post-fasting meals as restrictions ease and this donation will enable community groups to provide food and support for so many families that may be struggling with food security.

“To all the community leaders out there making things happen – a huge thank you from us for all that you’re doing, I know it’s making such a difference to your local communities”.

One charity which is benefitting from the donation is Food4All, a group which works with FareShare to provide food hampers for vulnerable families in the local community and despite the adversity which the charity has faced throughout the pandemic, it has continued to provide meals for those in need.

Dalia, the founder of Food4All said:“Getting nutritious food is paramount, some families can’t afford a food shop or are having to choose between food and electricity and so if you can give them a food hamper, something to get them through the week it just means everything. And when that food was going to go to waste anyway, it’s just a no-brainer”.

“For Food4All, providing food is also about providing care and a sense of community: “It lets people know that there’s someone who cares.”

Through the retailer’s Fight Hunger Create Change programme, Asda has invested in FareShare’s infrastructure over the past 3 years, funding new warehouses and refits which has enabled the charity to redistribute an additional 71 million meals  since 2018 and support an additional 4000  charities to be able to receive food donations.