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Mercadona donates more than 260 tons of food to Costa del Sol soup kitchens and charities

Customers shop at Mercadona. File photograph.
Customers shop at Mercadona. File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Spain's supermarket giant has increased the scale of its donations during coronavirus crisis

Spanish supermarket giant, Mercadona, has donated more than 260 tons of basic necessities to soup kitchens and charities across the Malaga province.

Because of the hardship caused by the Covid-19 virus, the chain has strengthened its collaboration with the EMAUS soup kitchens in Estepona, Vélez-Málaga and Torremolinos; the House of Assisi, in Antequera; the Santo Domingo Soup Kitchen and the Yo soy Tú and el Cottolengo associations in Malaga city.

Mercadona’s director of external relations in Malaga, Paco Rodríguez, has highlighted that this contribution shows "the firms commitment to be alongside the most disadvantaged groups."

"The exceptional situation that we are experiencing is changing very fast and requires agility in our decisions with a single objective: to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people.”

He said the company's social action policy is a fundamental part of Mercadona's strategy and "commits to share with society part of what it receives from it."

As part of this plan, Mercadona collaborates with more than 280 soup kitchens, 60 food banks and other charities in Spain and Portugal to which it donates food daily, and participates in the food collection campaigns that these groups organise.

In fact, so far this year, the company has donated a total of 14,869 tons of food in Spain and 1,005 in Portugal.