Central Co-op has Given 68,000 Hot Meals to Those in Need as Part of its Goodwill To All Campaign

Posted by sam bishop | Published: 05/12/2022

Central Co-op’s Christmas Toy Appeal may be wrapping up as its festive truck ends its tour of stores, in which the festive truck picked up toys for children in need of them this Christmas, but opportunities for spreading Goodwill To All are still available across Central Co-op's stores. This includes the ‘Buy One Give One Hot Meal’ initiative which has already provided 68,000 hot meals to those in need.  

As a part of a partnership with FareShare Midlands, Central Co-op donates a proportion of sales of each of its ‘Star Deal’ products in store to help deliver a hot meal to people in need. The Star Deals discount various Christmas favourites, changing weekly during the festive period, and continue throughout the month of December.   

Elsewhere in stores, customers can continue to donate food items in designated collection points, to support local food banks and charities. 

Co-operative Goodwill extends through Our Malawi Partnership products too, with a proportion of  sales going into a Co-operative International Trading Development Fund, to help move global communities out of poverty. These products include nuts, berries, peanut butter, rice, and tea. 

Customers can also expect to see great offers as part of the Goodwill To All campaign, including 2 for £4 deal on frozen party food, along with 2 for £5 on chilled party food options. Both offers run until 3rd January. 

Central Co-op Members receive exclusive discounts throughout the festive period too, including a range of essential products like cheese, tea bags, pasta sauce, eggs, and milk, reducing some items by as much as 43%. 

For further details, head to the Central Co-op website, Facebook, and Twitter. 

About Central Co-op 

Central Co-op is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK, with a heritage stretching back over 175 years and interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.    

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its 7,700 colleagues serve customers across 440 plus trading sites in 19 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.   

Its purpose is to create a sustainable Society for all.     

It actively campaigns for food justice and works with FareShare Midlands and a network of local food banks. It also adds £1 to every Healthy Start Voucher redeemed in store and supports six schools in partnership with Magic Breakfasts. 

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter. The Society is also a member of Diversity in Retail and it is fully committed to addressing the impacts of climate change by reducing carbon and food waste, increasing recycling and investment in community Sustainable Spaces funded by the carrier bag levy. It recently launched its Malawi Partnership to support farmers and producers in the country through the Co-operative International Trading Development Fund.  

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £109,769.25 shared out between 121 good causes in 2022. 

Press office contact: Sam Bishop, PR Specialist  

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07385 048048