News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Chris Radburn/PA Wire
UK News

Asda removes foodbank donation points from all stores

by Antony Bushfield

The store said it had reviewed its community programme and decided to remove the facility which allows customers to buy extra items to donate.

Asda told Premier the change to policy meant it was "fair and consistent for all the charities we support" but the Trussell Trust, a Christian organisation, raised concerns.

UK Foodbank Network Director Adrian Curtis said in some areas facilities got 25% of their donations from Asda stores and the change would have a "big impact".

He said the chain had not consulted the organisation before making the decision but added it was open to talks.

"We are really, really keen to be able to talk to Asda about the some of the challenges that they're facing about permanent collection points and perhaps ways we can work with them."

REX/London News Pictures

Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose all have agreements with the Trust, he said.

"We don't have a national relationship with Asda, we do have corporate relationships with other supermarkets but unfortunately at this moment in time we don't have that relationship, so any of these collection points are arranged locally between the store and the foodbank themselves."

He added: "We know that being able to donate food to local people in crisis matters to communities, and that permanent foodbank collection points in supermarkets help ensure that foodbanks have a steady supply of food donations.

"Trussell Trust foodbanks currently have over 400 permanent collection points in Tesco stores, and over 180 in Waitrose stores, as well as some in Sainsburys' and The Coop, and these are working well for local foodbanks, which is why we'd be interested in talking to Asda."

In a statement to Premier an Asda spokesperson said: "We know we can make a huge difference to local charities and our customers and colleagues are generous when it comes to supporting their local communities, which is why we try to make sure we host a variety of good causes in our stores.

REX/Monkey Business Images

"We've recently reviewed the Asda Community programme and are investing an extra £2m into local good causes through the Asda Foundation. We're also introducing some new processes and guidelines to make it fair and consistent for all the great charities we support and to enable our Community Champions to make the best use of their time.

"Food banks are very welcome to collect donations in Asda if volunteers are on hand to explain to customers where their donations are going, which we know increases the amount of food donated."

The Trussell Trust operates more than 400 food-banks across the country, many within churches.

In 2014 figures showed more than 20 million meals were handed out by foodbanks.

Adrian Curtis speaking to Premier's Antony Bushfield:

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email