Tecso to donate unsold food to those in need

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Tesco’s store in Clitheroe will benefit from Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud, a new service distributing unsold food from Tesco stores directly to those in need.

Tesco and FareShare are appealing for charities and community groups in Clitheroe to register to benefit from the scheme in the lead up to its launch in mid May.

Signing up to Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud means charities will be fully supported in the process of preparing for, and arranging, their collections.

Tesco are calling on charities and community groups in and around Clitheroe to register for the new scheme which will see unsold food become meals for vulnerable people across the town.

As part of its ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme supports charities and community groups, linking them to their stores via an innovative app that allows store teams 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 the scheme to date, following a successful pilot in 14 stores last year and a national rollout from March this year which 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 groups in Clitheroe, and to use the scheme to support their efforts to help vulnerable people.”

FareShare FoodCloud is the latest step in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food.

The partnership has run for more than three years, and includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcom centres. This has seen nine million meals made up of surplus food donated to over 2,200 charities and community groups across the UK.

Any charities or community groups in Clitheroe using food to support people should register their interest by visiting www.fareshare.org.uk/