Launch of the Gran Recogida Great Food collection taking place near you this weekend

A MASSIVE 11,000 supermarkets and hypermarkets working with 55 food banks in Spain are set to take part in the Gran Recogida or Great Food collection this weekend.

The organisers Spanish Food Bank Federation hopes to collect a whopping 700,000 kg of food for 47,000 families in need all over the country. Last year generous shoppers helped collect 600,000 kg and the aim is to do better this year.

Among the food banks taking part across Spain is the Costa del Sol’s Bancosol in Malaga. Some 4,000 volunteers at 330 establishments in the province will be encouraging shoppers to buy something extra to leave behind on Friday November 22 and Saturday the 23rd.

Why not be one of the generous donors this year? Don’t let the rain expected in Malaga tomorrow put you off!

Collection points in supermarkets will be manned by the volunteers. Recommended donations include non-perishable food, oil, milk, legumes and canned dishes.

Supermarket chains taking part include Alcampo, Aldi, Carrefour, Carrefour Market, Covirán, Día, the supermarkets of El Corte Inglés, El Ham, Eroski, Gros Merkat, Lidl, Makro, Mas, Maskom, Mercadona, Super Cash Samoy and Supersol.

The food aid will be distributed through the 194 organisations Bancosol works with.

The campaign launch was attended by the delegate of Education, Sports, Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation, Mercedes García Paine; the Councillor for Social Rights, Gemma del Corral; the head of Social Solidarity and Education of the Unicaja Ana Cabrera Foundation and the head of institutional relations at Bancosol, Diego Vázquez.

Ms Paine said: “The Junta de Andalucía, as a public institution and as an administration, cannot allow poverty or need to be consolidated. That is why from the Andalusian Government we are with Bancosol, and with so many social entities that fight for the well-being of all, to which we also want to contribute with measures that generate employment, create wealth and combat inequality.”

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Shirin Aguiar