Sturts Community Trust serves up free meals thanks to Tesco surplus food donations

Adults with a learning disability are receiving free food from an East Dorset charity that promotes sustainable living, thanks to food donations from Tesco.

Sturts Community Trust offers land-based work opportunities, individualised assistance and supported living for adults who have a learning disability.

The Trust, at Ferndown, has four houses where its 24 companions are supported in their everyday life, each with their own responsibilities of working on the land and cooking for themselves in the kitchens.

Food used in the kitchens is made available because the charity is part of Tesco’s Community Food Connection, in partnership with food charity FareShare.

Lee Doran, Social Enterprise Manager at the Trust, said:

“The donations we receive from Tesco are used for cooking at our community clubhouse, where everyone comes together at lunch after working on the land, in the Deli Kitchen and Community Kitchen.

“As a small charity we have to be very mindful of expenditure, so the donations we receive we are very thankful for. We’re all about enabling the individual and are firm believers in food bringing people together.

“The food helps so much with the meals the companions prepare for the community at lunchtime. We are also big believers in no waste, so we want to make sure that everything is eaten.”

Roberto, one of the companions at the Trust, added:

“I’d like to say thank you so much to Tesco for the food. It is really good and I enjoy cooking it when it arrives. We have lovely meals here.”

In addition, Sturts Community Trust has made land available for allotments for people from the wider community.

Tesco is keen to hear from any charities that could benefit from Tesco's Community Food Connection. Interested groups can get in touch with their local store or visit to register.



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