Woolworths customers around Macarthur will be able to do their bit for those impacted by floods across the Australian eastern seaboard by rounding up their in-store purchases at the checkout.
The money raised will go towards The Salvation Army – Woolworths Group’s long standing natural disaster relief partner – in its efforts to support those evacuated from their homes through meals at evacuation centres, as well as grants and support for the recovery and rebuilding to come.
“We have seen in the past two years, through bushfires, floods, drought and COVID-19, the spirit of generosity shown in times of hardship. We are calling again on the Australians to help us be there for the incredible number of people displaced by the floods,” Major Bruce Harmer, National Public Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army said.
In the past 12 months, Woolworths Group, in partnership with customers, has provided almost $4 million via the Support Through Australian Natural Disasters (S.T.A.N.D) program to its partners The Salvation Army, Foodbank, Rural Aid and Lifeline.
“In times of crisis it is critical that we act quickly and work better together to support those most in need,” said Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO.
“Through our S.T.A.N.D program, our partners are able to stand-up the moment a natural disaster happens to offer meaningful on-the-ground assistance and support to impacted communities.”
With these S.T.A.N.D contributions, The Salvation Army has been able to provide more than 12,000 meals to date to those impacted by the current flood crisis and also to those working in emergency services.
Customers can also donate their Everyday Rewards dollars in increments of $10, which will be converted to a financial donation to The Salvation Army and any of Woolworths’ other charity partners supporting relief efforts.
Woolworths Insurance has also pledged to donate $10 from every new Car, Home and Pet policy taken out in March to the S.T.A.N.D program.
“We know the coming days are expected to bring more flooding and the impact will last long after the waters recede. Our teams will continue to stand together with our customers to support impacted communities, as well as provide further support to our charity partners to help those most in need to recover,” Mr Banducci said.
Major Harmer couldn’t thank Woolworths and its customers enough for donations and assistance on the ground.
“We’re honoured to stand with Woolworths in these difficult times for so many Australians in need,” he said.