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Asda should reinstate charity and food bank collections
UPDATE: 26.2.16. ASDA has reinstated all of its charity collection points in all of its stores.
Asda has removed all charity collections points from its stores nationwide with little explanation. These allowed customers to donate food to various charities on their way out of store. Some food banks receive approximately 25% of their donations via Asda and many local charities, including those collecting for animals, are also affected.
Asda should immediately reverse their decision and reinstate the facility.
Why is this important?
Many animal charities and food banks rely on these generous donations from the public and will struggle without them. Asda provided an essential and welcome service for the community.
'In Frome, Somerset, the food bank run by the charity Fair Frome was notified of the end of in-store food collections last week. “ He put the proportion of food his charity had received from the Asda collections at 25%.
Food banks are not the only charities affected. In St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, representatives of a charity that helps stray cats called Cat Call were recently told that a box for donated cat food, as well as a collecting box for cash contributions, would have to be removed from a local Asda, along with several other collection points for local charities.
The Cat Call collection point had been in the store for about two years, and provided 85% of the charity’s cat food, distributed to people who temporarily provide a home for stray cats, but may not be able to afford to feed them.' John Harris The Guardian 17.2.2016