Community organisations in Carrickfergus are invited to register for a new scheme that will see unsold food become meals for vulnerable people.
Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud recruits and supports charities, linking them to stores via an app that allows teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.
The goods are free and include fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Chilled items like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.
There have been 275,000 meals donated to people in need via Community Food Connection to date, following a successful pilot in 14 stores last year and a national rollout from March this year that has seen 712 charities sign up to the scheme so far.
FareShare FoodCloud is the result of a unique three-way partnership bringing the charity, social enterprise and commercial sectors together. FareShare brings its knowledge of the UK charity food redistribution market and its experience of providing food. FoodCloud brings its knowledge of the technology and online applications needed to connect businesses with surplus food. Tesco brings the people and technology required to deliver a reliable and well-managed programme
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 County Antrim, and to use this initiative to support their efforts to help vulnerable people in our community.”
Any groups using food to support people that would like to access the scheme, should register their interest by visiting www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud