Seaton Tesco provides 20,000 meals for the needy

PUBLISHED: 15:01 17 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 20 June 2017

Seaton Tesco store

Seaton Tesco store

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Store is one of Devon’s top five for the amount of surplus food it gives to charities

Seaton Tesco has provided 20,921 meals to local people under the supermarket chain’s surplus redistribution initiative.

The company’s Community Food Connection scheme aims to ensure no food safe for human consumption will go to waste by the end of 2017.

The Seaton store is among the top five in Devon for the amount of surplus food it has provided for needy people.

Charities benefitting from the scheme include Honiton 55+ Community Centre.

Launched in February 2016, Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme plays a key role in helping charities feed people and in doing so, enabling the money saved to be invested back into services in communities across the whole of the UK.

The scheme, run in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare, enables Tesco stores to donate unsold food to feed people in need through an app developed by Irish Social Enterprise, FoodCloud. The app lets local charities know there is surplus food available at the end of each day. Community groups can then collect and use the food to provide nutritious meals to vulnerable people.

Working with FareShare, Tesco colleagues in Seaton have helped enlist local charities to join the initiative.

The scheme is already live in all large Tesco stores, and is currently rolling out to a further 1,800 convenience stores nationwide.

Rhodri Evans, South West Regional Communications Manager at Tesco said:

“It’s great to see the difference Community Food Connection is making by providing people in need with meals from food that would otherwise go to waste. We know that it frees up time and resources so that the charities using it can focus on offering other services. Our colleagues are playing an important role, too. Together with FareShare, they’re helping to make sure local charities across the UK have access to surplus food from our stores.”

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