York Co-op’s IGA supermarket has made the first distribution from its Community Chest Local Heroes programme.

A cheque for $1,300 was handed over to the Friends of York Hospital last week. Under the scheme IGA parent company provides the local supermarket with a rebate on all IGA brand products sold which goes into the community chest.

In addition to the distribution from the community chest, the supermarket donates all money raised from people advertising on its community notice board at the front of the shop.

Co-op CEO, John Partridge, said anyone posting a notice must donate a gold coin for the service which is co-ordinated by the staff on a voluntary basis. This had raised $700 for the hospital in the past year.

Spokesperson for the group, Ron Ashworth, said the money received would go towards the purchase of electrically operated beds for the hospital. “It’s great that our local supermarket is prepared to donate to the local hospital,” he said.

The community chest starts again now and submissions were invited for next year’s distribution. They should be addressed to the CEO, John Partridge said.

In another development the supermarket has introduced an extensive range of gluten free products. Manager, Brad Johnson, said products on offer included breakfast cereals, pastas, cake mixes, sauces, ready to eat snacks and a variety of ingredients for cooking. “We’d welcome feedback from customers so we can fine tune our range to better satisfy their needs,” he said.

Brad thanked customers for their patience during the shop refit. The work was almost finished and new signage would soon be in place. Anyone wanting help to find something should not hesitate to ask staff for help, he said.

Lindsay McNeill



At the handover of the cheque from the IGA Community Chest, (L-R) Co-op CEO, John Partridge with Friends of the York Hospital, Margaret Strawbridge, Ron Ashworth, Mavis Bell, Lorraine and John Dawson and supermarket Manager, Brad Johnson;

Winner of the Co-op’s 90th celebration raffle, Helen Borthwick, with her winning ticket, receives congratulations from supermarket manager, Brad Johnson

Staff member, Cheryl Billett, and supermarket manager, Brad Johnson, show off some of the new range of gluten free products in stock.