Tesco says they are pleased to be working with local groups as they look to put their food waste to good use.
Their Community Food Connection programme is proving to be a success. As a result of the programme thousands of meals provided to local people.
“As part of our pledge to cut food waste, the scheme supports charities and community groups. This is done by linking them to our stores via an innovative app.”
“This App allows us to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.”
Food poverty in the East Riding continues to grow. Figures showed that locally the numbers of people accessing food banks has increased by 20pc.
Support from companies like Tesco and also the public is vital to ensure people of all ages including children do not go hungry.
As part of their ongoing commitment, Tesco spent time with East Yorkshire Foodbank. While there they learnt how the donated food to helping to combat food poverty in Beverley and the surrounding area.
Community Food Connection Programme Helps Tackle Food Poverty in Beverley
Tesco Development Manager Richard Newby said;
“They received these items of surplus food on a Sunday and Tuesday for a couple of years now.”
“The people that use the foodbank are very appreciative of receiving the chance to choose items from the fresh produce when the foodbank is open on a Monday and a Wednesday.”
“Some people just take a couple of items. Others that are lucky enough to own a freezer are offered larger quantities of the fresh produce so that they have an ongoing supply.”
Tesco still has space for other groups who wish to join the programme. They still have Friday and Saturday nights available for other groups to benefit from the scheme. To apply simply pop into the Tesco store on Morton Lane.
Since its launch in 2016, the scheme has been a fantastic success. As a result of the incentive over fourteen thousand meals have been donated in the past twelve months.