Tesco offers surplus food to community groups this Easter

Across the UK Tesco redistributes one million meals worth of surplus food a month to local charities and community groups across the UK as part of its Community Food Connection scheme, run in conjunction with food charity FareShare.

Community Food Connection enables some 7,000 good causes to pick up free surplus food from Tesco each week, but some of those groups take a break during school holidays, which means Tesco can offer this food to other organisations over Easter.

Head of Community at Tesco, Alec Brown, said:

“We know that there are some charities that may offer holiday clubs, or groups that put on special events over the Easter holidays, and it is exactly those sort of groups that we want to hear from.

“Whatever time of year it is, we would much rather that unsold food is put to good use in the community, and feeds people first, rather than going to waste.”

The food includes surplus fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products, and chilled food like meat, cheese and ready meals. Groups registered with Community Food Connection are given scheduled collection days and receive a text alert to tell them what food is available. They can then choose what they want from the surplus food on offer.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare, said:

“We support many amazing frontline charities which use in date surplus food from Tesco to feed thousands of vulnerable people right throughout the year.

"However, some groups, such as children’s breakfast clubs, close over the school holidays, which means there is even more food available – so don’t miss out.”

If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from the support of Community Food Connection this Easter, find out more here.

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