Nisa retailers have supported good causes with almost £280,000 since the start of the UK pandemic.

Since the beginning of lockdown on the 23 March, Nisa retailers have collectively donated £279,142 via its Making a Difference Locally charity, with 307 individual stores making a total of 443 donations during this period.

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It reported that 52% of all donations over the last three months being made to charities promoting good health and wellbeing, while 43% were made to those promoting good food and nutrition, such as foodbanks and other community groups.

Support from Nisa partners continues to grow, too, as Nisa partners donated £108,716 via Making a Difference Locally in June, an increase of 5% on the previous month.

Since its formation in 2008, Making a Difference Locally has raised over £11.7m and supported charities and other good causes with over 12,000 donations.

One good cause to receive funding during lockdown was Lo’gelly Lunches, who were supported with an £850 donation from the Nisa Local in Lochgelly to help fund provisions for the community.

Community education worker Lorraine Mullen said on behalf of the group: “The service, as you can imagine as a result of the recent impact of social distancing, has had to change to meet the demands of our community. We are now operating as a community larder; offering food packs to families suffering as a result of the current Covid-19 crisis.

“The donation from Nisa enables us to offer support to vulnerable families by providing fresh food within their local community. This is absolutely crucial at this time as many families find themselves caught up in a web of benefits that are taking time to kick in, with a knock on effect of leaving households with little money available.

“We will also use some of the monies to create a ‘joyful monies’ programme, whereby we can use some to cultivate a spirit of togetherness in the community, through projects aimed at the wider community; such as cooking initiatives and perhaps a growing project.”