SPAR's One Million Meals

A local supermarket chain is supporting Tearfund by pledging to raise enough money to provide one million meals for those who need them most. And they’d love for you to join in!

For six-year-old Yasmin and the rest of the children in Hillé Bar Village, Chad, hunger is a heavy burden. It stunts their growth and causes them to wake crying in the night. It robs them of their childhood. In the Sahel region of Africa, an estimated 5.9 million children will suffer from acute malnutrition this year. That’s 5.9 million children too many.

So when the Henderson Group (the owners of the SPAR, EUROSPAR and VIVO brands in Northern Ireland) heard about this, they sprang into action and are inviting you to join them as they aim to raise £165,000 for Tearfund this year.

This incredibly generous target would be enough to provide up to one million meals for families in West & Central African countries.

And we are inviting you to help by heading into your local SPAR or EUROSPAR to add your voice to this wonderful campaign. Look out for special in-store activities around World Food Day, from the 10th to the 16th of October. And join in from the comfort of your own home: text HUNGER to 70660 to give £3*.

Paddy Doody, Sales & Marketing Director at the Henderson Group said; ‘The aid that Tearfund continue to offer to families in Chad and other countries is extremely important, so we are proud to have them as one of our dedicated charities for the past four years.

‘It costs around just 16p to provide one meal for a family somewhere like Chad, so for every SPAR enjoy local breakfast bread product and sliced loaf, Kingsmill and Hovis loaves of bread purchased in SPAR and EUROSPAR stores, 10p will be donated to Tearfund. We’re aiming to provide up to one million meals, so our target is to raise £165,000.’

Here’s some encouragement from presenter Claire McCollum: ‘I really hope people get behind this really important campaign to help tackle hunger. It couldn’t be easier to do your bit: by simply making a sandwich or adding some soda or potato bread to your breakfast, you’re helping feed a family!’

This campaign will help us and our overseas partners tackle extreme hunger throughout projects predominantly based in West & Central Africa. Providing meals is only part of our job: our partnership with the Henderson Group will provide one million meals for those who desperately need it, but will also allow us to continue delivering livelihoods training and increased knowledge in agriculture, which will ultimately create more wealth, more food and more security.

Together, let’s beat hunger!

*texts cost £3 per text plus the network charge. Tearfund receives 100% of your donation. Please obtain bill payer’s permission.

Henderson Group has supported Tearfund in Northern Ireland since 2012 and during previous campaigns has raised over £600,000 to combat human trafficking and has empowered communities by supporting a wide range of activities such as income generation in Ethiopia, crime prevention in Columbia, refugee support in Egypt, girls’ education in Chad, HIV/AIDS prevention and care work in Nigeria.