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Getting surplus food from retailers to the people who need it

Mark Hall

FareShare Merseyside Development Manager
Merseyside

11 Mar 2016

I’ve recently joined FareShare Merseyside as the Development Manager. The focus of my role has been helping make sure that the surplus food we get from retailers like Tesco gets to the charities and community groups we support across the region. But the way we work with Tesco on the Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud is different.

I’ve recently joined FareShare Merseyside as the Development Manager. The focus of my role has been helping make sure that the surplus food we get from retailers like Tesco gets to the charities and community groups we support across the region.

However, the way that we work with Tesco on the Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud is different. Like I say in the video, there’s nothing complex about it.

Our regional staff are there to make it really easy for local charities and community groups to join up and then get up and running collecting food from their local Tesco. We help find the charities, find out what they need, what they can safely handle, and match them up to the local stores.

It’s been really rewarding for us to help start the relationship between Tesco and the charities. The Tesco store teams pick it up from there, and have given the charities a really warm Scouse welcome. Day to day, they are getting a great and speedy service when they visit the store in the evenings to pick up food. They’re getting some great products, things like bakery and fresh produce which all helps to create the meals they are serving to their local clients.

"It’s been really rewarding for us to help start the relationship between Tesco and the charities"

We were really proud that Liverpool was selected to be part of the initial trial of Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud and that some of the charities we already support locally were able to benefit. We’ve been able to help lots of new charities too.

This scheme supports a real breadth of causes but the impact that ABCC share in the video is very typical. ABCC in Anfield Breckside work with local residents who are struggling to provide food for themselves and their families.

When I recently visited the project and spoke with their project worker Ruth she told me that the relationship with FareShare has been an absolute lifesaver for both ABCC and the local community. The process of getting additional food from Tesco through FareShare FoodCloud has been simple and easy, and as a result they have been able to offer more to the people coming for hot meals each week. We have had nothing but positive feedback from the other charities taking part too.

It has made me really proud to be part of something new and innovative that helps to address food waste and that what we’ve learned will help the scheme roll out across the rest of the UK.

 

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