A big thank you to everyone who's been supporting our Christmas collection drive for local food banks and charities across the country.
We've got permanent collection trolleys in all our larger stores for anyone to donate food and supplies for their local food bank. And in the run-up to Christmas we're also collecting gifts for local charities and good causes to spread Christmas cheer to children.
We're donating £20 million to food charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust over three years through the Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme – and colleagues across the country are keen to support the initiative.
Clare Jones, the community champion at our Isle of Wight store, is pictured above with some of the latest items customers have donated at the store's collection point.
Clare said: "Thank you to everyone in our community who's pulled together yet again to help fill the trolley in our store collecting for the Isle of Wight Foodbank. We are getting this many donations every few days, so we'd like to say a big thank you to all our generous customers for continuing to support this great cause."
Customers at our Gosforth store have been donating essential supplies for West Road Food Bank:
The store's community champion Michelle Castledine said: "I'd like to say a thank you to all our generous customers who have donated to West Road Food Bank. On one day alone we collected over 80 totes full of groceries which was amazing!"
And generous customers at our Barrow store have donated these essentials for Barrow Foodbank:
The store's community champion Gill Gerrish, pictured above, said: "It's been less than a week since our last collection for Barrow Foodbank, and we already have two overflowing shopping trolleys full of generous donations from our customers at Asda Barrow. Thank you to everyone for their generous support."
Here's Shannon Linton, the community champion at our Coleraine store, with some of the latest donations for Causeway Foodbank:
Shannon said: "Our donation trolley just keeps filling up with food and essentials for Causeway Foodbank. Our community is just amazing!"
Cathryn Abel, the community champion at our Thornaby store, works closely with her local food bank, the Salvation Project. The charity called in for a fundraising bag pack and to say thank you for all the support throughout the year.
Here are some of the latest items donated to West Peckham Salvation Army by customers at our Kingshill store in Kent. The donations will all go to the food bank at Paddock Wood.
Mary Sutherland, the community champion at our Blantyre store, shared this photo of some of the latest donations for Blantyre Community Foodbank:
She said: "Jools, from the foodbank who came in to collect three whole trolleys full, said our customers and colleagues were "amazing".
Here's Barbara Logan, the community champion at our Antrim store, with some of the supplies donated by customers for The Jam Store and Women's Aid NI.
Barbara said: "The donations will be distributed to families in the local community who would otherwise have to go without on Christmas Day. We support a number of great causes in the local area throughout the year – with the work of The Jam Store and Women’s Aid NI taking on even more significance and importance at Christmas time.
"We know the demand for the services of both will significantly increase in the next couple of weeks and, thanks to the generosity of our customers and colleagues, it will be possible to offer support to those who need it most in our local community."