Who Let The Dads Out? Helping fathers through the Community Food Connection
21 May 2019
We launched our Community Food Connection (CFC) scheme back in 2015, working in partnership with FareShare to provide surplus food donations to help those in need. We’ve since donated more than 60 million meals to charities and community groups across the UK – including Who Let The Dads Out?, a father’s group made up of Churches Together Hutton and Shenfield in Brentwood, Essex.
The community group supports dads with babies and toddlers by providing a monthly pop-up play centre supplemented by parenting courses, with a focus on bringing the community together, which supports single dads as well as families experiencing hardship.
Dan Brimelow of Who Let The Dads Out? said:
“Since we launched last summer, we have supported over 80 families and we are now Essex’s largest dad and toddler group. However, as we don’t charge entry, we’re reliant on donations and grants.
“The idea of using surplus food for our play centre actually came from James, the Shenfield Express store manager. His idea allowed us to link to a number of local Tesco stores who donate their surplus food, meaning we can keep the dads well-fed but also ensure anything left over can be distributed to the community.
“Without the support we would have to charge, which would exclude some of the families we seek to support. Thanks to our partnership with CFC, food donations enable the centre as well as any events to run on a free-of-charge basis – allowing dads to benefit from some one-on-one time with their kids while being plied with bacon butties!”
“CFC doesn’t just allow us to donate surplus food – it also gives us the chance to get to know our local community. Who Let The Dads Out? is a fantastic community group and the work they do deserves all the support they can get, and we’re proud that we’ve been able to help the dads and kids get the very best out of our surplus food donations.”
To find out more about Tesco’s commitment to reduce food waste, take a look at the Little Helps Plan’s latest progress update.