Tesco stores across Dumfries and Galloway have donated 383 meals to local people thanks to a surplus food redistribution programme.
The contributions from stores in Castle Douglas, Lockerbie, Stranraer and Dumfries have helped the programme, Community Food Connection, in partnership with FareShare FoodCloud, reach its first milestone of one million meals nationwide.
The programme sees Tesco stores across the UK donating their unsold food to local charities and community groups for free. Tesco launched the programme earlier this year and has been working closely with food redistribution charity FareShare, and local charities like Home Start Deveron.
Part of Tesco’s ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Community Food Connection links local charities and community groups to Tesco stores via an innovative app that allows store teams to let local charities know there is unsold food available at the end of each day.
The unsold food is provided to the charities free of charge, and includes fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. To date 2,000 charities and community groups have signed up to the programme and the equivalent of one million meals of surplus food has been donated to good causes right across the UK.
Any charities or community groups in that are interested in joining the programme should visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud
Rifka Chakkalakal, Community Food Programmes Manager at Tesco said: “We are delighted to see Dumfries and Galloway contribute 383 meals of surplus food to people in need. We believe that no food that could be eaten should go to waste, so we’re excited to continue to grow this initiative. That’s why we’re looking for even more charities and community groups to come forward to register for the programme. If you serve food to people in need in your community – we want to hear from you!”
FareShare FoodCloud is the latest step in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food. The partnership spans three years and includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcom centres as well as supporting FareShare and foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust with in-store donation initiatives including the Neighbourhood Food Collection.