Tesco store to launch food donation scheme

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Tesco and FareShare are calling on charities and community groups in and around Brighouse to register for a new scheme which will see unsold food become meals for vulnerable people.

As part of its ongoing aim to cut food waste, Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud recruits and supports charities and community groups by them to Tesco stores via an innovative app that allows staff to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.

The unsold food is free and includes fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products.

Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.

There have been 275,000 meals donated to people in need via Community Food Connection to date, following a successful pilot in 14 stores last year and a national rollout from March this year, that has seen 712 charities sign up to the scheme so far.

Rachel Finn, head of community food programmes, at Tesco said: “No food that can be eaten should go to waste. We’re really excited to start working on this initiative to ensure that any unsold food we have is made use of.

“We are looking forward to forging strong links with local charities and community groups in Brighouse, and to use this initiative to support their efforts to help vulnerable people in our community.”