Community Food Connection helps support housing scheme residents
Newmarket Open Door charity provides hot, healthy meals to residents thanks to surplus food donations from Tesco, in conjunction with food charity FareShare.
The charity is one of a number of groups to benefit from Tesco’s Community Food Connection, which as the biggest surplus food redistribution scheme of its kind in the UK, distributes unsold food from stores to local charities and community groups every day. So far 36 million meals have been donated to more than 7,000 local charities and community groups.
As well as giving vulnerable young people a safe place to live, Newmarket Open Door provides guests with mental health support, access to employment opportunities, assistance in claiming benefits and helps to build a community atmosphere – boosted across the festive period by joint meal preparations using food donated from Tesco, including fresh produce, meat and bread.
John Durrant manages Open Door, and sees the positive impact that Community Food Connection has on more isolated members of the community.
“Many of our guests don’t have a family, so the run up to Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year. This won’t be the case for our young people, who will be surrounded by a community of residents and support staff."
"The food donations from Tesco really do offer a lifeline to multiple people in unpredictable circumstances. It really does make a huge difference, and we’re hugely grateful.”
To find out more about Community Food Connection and how Tesco works to reduce food waste in its own operations, visit our website.