Close to £1,000 has been donated to two local charities after workers at Runnymede Borough Council saved up points on a superstore loyalty card while buying goods to support social housing tenants.
The charities, the Runnymede Food Bank and Just a Helping Hand will both be able to fill their shopping baskets for free in Sainsbury's after staff used a Nectar card for items, in turn helping vulnerable people in the area.
Chair of the Council's Housing Committee, Cllr Jacqui Gracey, said: "By donating these points to charities that focus on vulnerable residents and families within the borough, we have been able to support those who need it most, through an innovative and clever use of Nectar points.
"I'm pleased we have been able to give back to the wider community while we carry out our duties to our social housing tenants."
Over time, the Council has built up significant Nectar points by buying paint packages for new social housing tenants, so they can decorate their new home as they wish.
These Nectar points have been transferred over to both charities' own Nectar cards, giving them each £450 worth of points to buy personal and essential items for their users, such as toiletries, underwear and nappies which are not the most commonly donated by the wider public.
Angela Miller from Runnymede Food Bank said: "This donation has enabled us to buy essential items for vulnerable residents. It has been so helpful when we were struggling."
Megan Bainbridge from Just a Helping Hand said: "We feel honoured to have received the Nectar points. They have been a real blessing in providing essentials that we had run out of to give to those who are homeless."