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Charities can link up with supermarket surplus food scheme

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Food surplus scheme seeks more charity partners

Glasgow charities and community groups who provide meals for families in need can find out more about an innovative surplus food scheme.

FareShare Glasgow and Tesco have teamed up to host FareShare Food Cloud (FSFC) and Community Food Connection (CFC) open day on Friday, 29 September.

Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme with FareShare recruits and supports charities and community groups linking them to Tesco stores via an app that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.

At the event – at FareShare’s depot in South Street, Glasgow – groups will hear success stories from groups who are already signed up and will get to find out more about the scheme itself.

Lee-Anne Wilkinson, Community Food Connection coach for convenience stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “We’re keen to develop our relationship with community groups across Glasgow and to make more charities aware that this service is available.

“It will be a very informal event and groups will hear a lot of very positive stories which demonstrate how much of an impact Community Food Connection is having on communities all over the city.”

On the day, groups who are already part of the FSFC programme and CFC will speak about their experiences and FareShare and Tesco representative will provide information on the scheme.

Groups will also get the chance to find out more about waste management and meet Tesco store managers, and there will be regular tours of the MoveOn depot.

Since launching in February 2016, Community Food Connection has helped provide 13 million meals for more than 6000 charities and community groups.