Tesco offers surplus food to community groups in Argyll

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Charities and community groups in Argyll are being invited to sign up to receive surplus food from their local Tesco store.

The supermarket distributes hundreds of thousands of meals to good causes every week as part of its Community Food Connection scheme, which is run in conjunction with food redistribution charity FareShare and powered by FoodCloud technology.

Almost 7,000 charities and community groups already receive surplus food from Tesco through the award-winning scheme, with recipients including older people’s lunch clubs, school breakfast clubs and charities working with vulnerable and homeless people.

But more food is available, and Tesco is reaching out to groups in Argyll to encourage them to find out more about how they could receive surplus food from the supermarket.

‘Community Food Connection is making a real difference across the UK, but we know there are more groups that could receive food from the scheme,’ said Tesco’s head of communications for Scotland, Tony McElroy.

‘This is the biggest supermarket food redistribution scheme in the UK and I’d encourage any group looking to use food in their work to discover how they could benefit.’

The surplus food available includes fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables, bakery products and chilled food including meat, cheese and ready meals. Groups registered with the Community Food Connection are given scheduled collection days and receive a text alert to tell them what food is available at their local Tesco. They can then choose what they want.

If you are a charity or community group that could benefit, visit www.fareshare.org.uk/ fareshare-go to find out more.