Tesco’s unsold food goes to local groups

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A new service distributing unsold food directly to those in need has started at the Tesco store in Berwick.

The supermarket has teamed up with FareShare to roll out its Community Food Connection programme and are calling on charities and community groups in and around Berwick to register for the new scheme.

Registered groups are linked to Tesco stores via an innovative app that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.

The unsold food is free and includes fruit, vegetables, bakery products, meat, dairy and ready meals.

Rachel Finn at Tesco said: “We’re really excited to start working on this initiative to ensure that any unsold food we have is made use of.

“We are looking forward to forging strong links with local charities and community groups in Berwick, and to use this initiative to support their efforts to help vulnerable people.”

Tesco’s store in Ord Drive, Berwick, is amongst the first groups of Tesco stores to roll out the initiative, following a pilot last year which saw Tesco donate over 22 tonnes of food to more than 50 charities.

Groups wanting to access the scheme, can register their interest at www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud.