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Tesco to donate hundreds of thousands of meals this Christmas.

Tesco is set to donate hundreds of thousands of meals-worth of food to charities and community groups this Christmas as part of its ongoing campaign against food waste.

Last Christmas Tesco donated 350,000 meals as part of its Community Food Connection scheme, run in association with food charity FareShare, with more than 12 million meals donated throughout 2019.

This Christmas some of the 7,000 groups supported by the Community Food Connection scheme will be using the food to feed people in their communities.

Among the groups making good use of the surplus food is Oor Wee Cafe, a volunteer-ran cafe in Kelty, Fife which opens each Tuesday to provide local residents and anyone in need with complimentary homemade soups and stovies, as well as takeaway food packages.

In the spirit of the Christmas season, this week the Cafe team hosted their annual festive buffet, with families invited to join a seasonal feast which is supported by food donated by Tesco.

Linzi Forbes, manager of Oor Wee Cafe, said:

“We receive food every week thanks to Tesco’s Community Food Connection and FareShare and these donations are vital for the cafe and those we support.

“As well as offering support for people in the surrounding areas who need it, Oor Wee Cafe takes pride in welcoming anybody and everybody to enjoy a hot meal which is made possible through donations from schemes such as the Community Food Connection by Tesco. Because we’re completely self-funded, any donations we see can make all the difference to our patrons.

“We look forward to our annual Christmas buffet, with plenty of community spirit, good food and even some hampers created for people to have the chance to enjoy everything they could need to make Christmas special this year.”

Tesco’s Community Food Programmes Manager Nicola Mackay said:

“Community Food Connection is making a real difference to groups like Oor Wee Cafe, but we know there are more groups that could receive food from the scheme.

“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.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said:

“It’s fantastic to hear about all the great work being done by charities, such as Oor Wee Cafe, particularly over the festive period when we know a lot of people can find the season difficult.

“At FareShare we work with around 7,000 charities that now receive food from Tesco through the Community Food Connection scheme and our community coordinators see week-in week-out the amazing difference that the surplus food is making.”

More than 40 million meals have now been donated to charities and community groups since the Community Food Connection scheme began.

If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from the support of Community Food Connection then visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-go to find out more.

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