Tesco helps those struggling to feed themselves

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A Kirkintilloch supermarket has donated more than 1,160 meals to local people who have found themselves in hardship through its food redistribution programme.

Tesco has teamed up with FareShare FoodCloud and set up its Community Food Connection which has just reached its first milestone of one million meals donated nationwide.

Under the scheme the supermarket donate their unsold food to local charities and community groups for free.

Tesco Kirkintilloch launched the programme in July and has been working closely with food redistribution charity FareShare, and local charities and community groups, as part of Tesco’s pledge to cut food waste. The unsold food is provided to the charities free of charge, and includes fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.

To date 2,000 charities and community groups have signed up to the programme.

Rifka Chakkalakal, Community Food Programmes Manager at Tesco said: “We are delighted to see Kirkintilloch contribute a fantastic 1,162 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!”

For more information contact www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud.