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Lidl Community Works

Our objective is to be a good neighbour by positively contributing to the communities in which we live and operate.

Autism Aware Stores Autism Aware Stores

In Ireland, statistically, more than 1 in 100 people live with autism. Between the bright lights, crowded spaces, noise and sensory overload, grocery shopping can sometimes be a very  stressful task for people with autism.

With this in mind, we have organised “Autism Aware Quiet Evenings” in each of our stores to help people and families who may struggle with the weekly run.

These Autism Aware Quiet Evenings will take place weekly, on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm, offering our customers a more comfortable shopping experience.

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Jigsaw

Jigsaw Jigsaw

We are delighted to partner with Jigsaw – the national centre for youth mental health. Through this partnership, we are pledging to raise €1 million over the next 3 years.

Every day, across 13 centres in Ireland, Jigsaw advance the mental health of young people, aged 12-25, by influencing change, strengthening communities and delivering services through their innovative evidence-informed early intervention and prevention approach. They offer professional and confidential clinical care to a young person, free of charge, when and where they need it most. To date Jigsaw have supported over 23,400 young people. you can find more info on www.jigsaw.ie.

Not only are we aiming to raise funds to help Jigsaw expand their services, but we are also aiming to raise awareness of youth mental health across Ireland and encouraging all of our customers and colleagues to be One Good Adult to a young person in their lives by being there to listen, support and advise when times are tough.

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Charity of the Week Charity of the Week

Charity of the Week sees us donate €/£1000 every week for a whole year to local charities and groups across Ireland and Northern Ireland and will run alongside existing support programmes already in place at each of our 4 regional sales offices.

Worthy causes are selected by store teams in recognition of the excellent work undertaken by these charities and groups in their local communities. We feel that our store teams are best placed to choose these groups as they see, first-hand, the positive impact they make in the areas in which they operate.

So far this year we have donated to groups such as Wexford Marine Watch, Good Morning Donegal and Men’s Sheds.

Keep an eye out here for more updates!


Lidl Feed it Back Lidl Feed it Back

Through our own Lidl ‘Feed It Back’ network, powered by  FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs, we redistribute surplus food from our warehouses and stores to local charities. Our aim is to tackle food waste and use our surplus food for good, to “feed it back” into our local communities to help those who need support.

In Ireland, 1 in 8 people experience food poverty, and over 1 million tonnes of food are thrown out by homes and businesses every year. FoodCloud connects our stores with local charities to collect surplus food used to prepare meals for those in need. Our partner charities, from breakfast clubs to homeless hostels to family support services, benefit through making savings on food costs. This allows them to relocate much needed funding towards their core services and support their underlying mission.

To date, we have donated over 260,000 meals to charities all over the country and by 2020 our goal is to donate surplus food to Irish charities equating to over 1 million meals.


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LGFA LGFA

We launched our €1.5m sponsorship with the LGFA in 2016. In our first year we committed #serioussupport by donating over €500,000 to ladies football teams all over Ireland and raised the bar in terms of awareness and support.

Over 145 post-primary schools received new kits and 150 clubs received cash donations. Additionally, we provided goody bags to inter-county teams, who were training hard for September’s All Ireland Finals. These were packed full of nutritious Lidl products. We also loaned our support to the annual LGFA Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others blitz last October.

2017 marks the second year of our partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. The next phase of our campaign – #seriousstartshere – sees us investing further in the LGFA where it counts most – at local level and in the community.

It all begins with a school or a club, we want to provide solid support for players at the outset to ensure young female talent is nurtured and developed.

For more on this partnership click here.


Voucher Donation Fund Voucher Donation Fund

We are committed to offering support to those in our local communities who espouse the values we hold dear. We are proud to support local people and groups who promote health and wellbeing in schools and communities, grassroots and sports programmes and cultural and educational activities.

From our €65,000 yearly donation fund, Lidl sponsorship enables groups across the country to continue their hard work in local communities. We are happy to provide Lidl vouchers which have been used by hundreds of community groups and charities in 2016 alone for raffles, bake-sales, school healthy eating weeks, science projects and sports programmes.