Nearly £100,000 has been donated to foodbanks across the south of England via the Southern Co-op.

Last year Southern Co-op started a new community initiative at its Co-operative Food stores to donate 2p to local foodbanks per qualifying transaction, with 78 different foodbanks currently supported by the scheme.

The latest round of funding will see more than £50,000 being split between the good causes which is in addition to the £48,000 previously raised through the scheme.

Holly Bramble, Southern Co-op’s Community Lead, said: “The foodbanks we support tell us how vital these donations are for their services. The demand and need are still incredibly high so every donation makes a difference - whether that is a can of soup or a couple of pennies.

“A number of the foodbanks we support also help to reduce food waste which has added sustainability benefits. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who works and volunteers at the local foodbank. Your generosity is a lifesaver.”

A further £1,480 was recently donated to giving platform Neighbourly’s Warm Communities Fund as the co-operative pledged 20p for each member vote at its 2023 Board of Directors election and AGM.