Tesco Ireland has launched a new initiative offering free deliveries for Waterford people over 65 when they shop online.
It was launched to coincide with International Day of Older Persons on Monday, which seeks to support full and effective participation of older persons in the community. The new initiative was supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Age Action Ireland.
Tesco is the first retailer in Ireland to provide free grocery home shopping delivery for over 65s. These deliveries will operate across Waterford six days a week from 3pm-7pm Monday-Saturday subject to a minimum spend of €50. Tesco’s dedicated customer service team will be available on Freephone 1800 248 123 to help process online orders over the telephone.
Speaking in support of the initiative, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD said: “Government welcomes innovation in our retail sector and this is a good example of combining technology with social good. It is positive to see an age-friendly initiative that aims to assist older people across the country. This Tesco initiative will be great for older people, especially in rural areas. It also means that not having to spend time shopping gives people more time to spend in their communities. Tesco’s policy is a recognition of that, giving older people the freedom to prioritise family and friends.”
Since 2014, Tesco has supported over 266 community projects in Waterford with €93,629 in donations through the Tesco Community Fund and provided over 350 causes nationwide with six million meals in surplus food donations.