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Tesco store makes move as part of a pledge to cut food waste

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @jack­_84_a­bell

No food that can be eaten should go to waste. We're re­ally ex­cited to start work­ing on this ini­tia­tive to make sure that any un­sold food we have is made use of – Rachel Finn, head of com­mu­nity food pro­grammes at Tesco

UN­SOLD food from Tesco stores in Ger­rards Cross and High Wy­combe is set to be given away to char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple eat.

As part of a pledge to cut food waste, Tesco’s com­mu­nity food con­nec­tion pro­gramme is re­cruit­ing and sup­port­ing char­i­ties and then link­ing them to in­di­vid­ual stores via an app, which al­lows Tesco teams to alert them of sur­plus un­sold food at the end of each day.

The un­sold food is then given away free and in­cludes fresh pro­duce such as fruit, veg­eta­bles and bak­ery prod­ucts, as well as meat, dairy and ready meals.

There have been 275,000 meals do­nated to peo­ple in need via the scheme to date, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pi­lot in 14 stores last year and a na­tional roll-out which be­gan this March.

The plan is the re­sult of a part­ner­ship bringing char­ity, so­cial en­ter­prise and com­mer­cial sec­tors to­gether.

Rachel Finn, head of com­mu­nity food pro­grammes at Tesco, said: “No food that can be eaten should go to waste.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to start work­ing on this ini­tia­tive to en­sure that any un­sold food we have is made use of.

“We are look­ing for­ward to forg­ing strong links with lo­cal char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups in Ger­rards Cross and High Wy­combe, and to use this ini­tia­tive to sup­port their ef­forts to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.”

If you would like to reg­is­ter your char­ity or com­mu­nity group for the scheme, then go to www. fare­share.org.uk/fare­share­food­cloud to find out more.

Pledge: Tesco in Ger­rards Cross

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