Tesco surplus food to be donated to charities this Christmas

Tesco will be donating over a quarter of a million meals of surplus food to charities and community groups this Christmas, having already given 36m meals to good causes through its Community Food Connection scheme, which distributes surplus food from its stores at the end of the day in conjunction with charity FareShare.

Groups that are signed up to the scheme are allocated days to collect food from their local stores. Stores input the details of the food available at the end of the day into an app developed by social enterprise FoodCloud, which generates a text to the charity to tell them what is available.

One of the groups that benefits from donations as part of the scheme is Look Ahead, a specialist housing association and provider of tailor-made care, support and accommodation services in Newmarket which supports people with a wide range of needs, including mental health issues and homelessness.

Krystle Wade manager at Look Ahead, said: “Our customers are some of the most vulnerable in society with a range of complex needs. The donations from Tesco mean that some people actually eat enough each day because some people really don’t have enough money to feed themselves after paying bills each week. It is a lifeline for many of our service users.”

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