We need you! Tesco calls
on Southport charities to join free food scheme
CHARITIES and community groups in
Southport are urged to sign up to a scheme that lets them collect surplus
food from their local Tesco store. The food is free, and will include fresh
produce such as fruit and vegetables, bakery products and chilled food like
meat, cheese and ready meals.
Since launching in February 2016, the initiative, Community Food Connection,
has helped provide more than 8 million meals to over 4,400 charities and
community groups, whose service users might otherwise go hungry. Tesco has
stated its commitment to ensure no food fit for human consumption will go to
waste from their UK retail operations by the end of 2017.
Tesco is now set to extend Community Food Connection to its convenience
stores across Southport, which will significantly extend the number of
charities reached and the number of meals given to people in need. Groups
that benefit include homeless shelters, substance abuse rehabilitation
services, after-school clubs, foodbanks and domestic violence refuges.
Tesco's Community Food Connection programme, with FareShare FoodCloud,
recruits and supports charities and community groups, linking them to Tesco
stores via an app that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold
food items available at the end of each day.
Frank Jakeman, Duty Manager for Hesketh Esso Tesco Express said:- "At
Tesco we have no time for waste. We're so proud to already support local
charities and community groups through Community Food Connection from our
larger stores in Southport and to be able to extend that support to our
convenience stores is fantastic. We are looking forward to forging more
strong links with local charities and community groups in Southport, and
supporting their efforts to help more vulnerable people in our community."
If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from the support
of Community Food Connection, you can go