OVER 31,000 free meals have been donated to vulnerable people in Rugby by a supermarket.
Tesco donated the surplus food through the Community Food Connection scheme it operates with food redistribution charity FareShare.
The supermarket revealed the figure as it celebrated the milestone of donating 50million meals across the UK since the scheme began five years ago.
Among the groups that benefit from the scheme is the Benn Partnership Centre. The Railway Terrace centre offers a safe space where local people can access support and advice with jobs and benefits, as well as working with charities such as Hope4 to help homeless people transition back into mainstream society.
Centre manager Nathan Gregg said: “We hope the centre provides a place for local people to come and receive help and support with everything from accommodation to finding and applying for a job.
“The donations we receive through Community Food Connection mean we’re able to support more vulnerable people in Rugby who would otherwise not be able to afford food for a decent meal.”
FareShare’s Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell said the scheme was making a real difference.
She said: “The scheme is a real game-changer for organisations working with the vulnerable, allowing even more people to access good food which would otherwise go to waste.”
The scheme works by pairing charities and community groups with their local Tesco store. At the end of each day a store colleague works out which food is likely to be unsold and then uses a specially-developed app to tell a local charity or community group what food can be collected.
Visit www.tescoplc.com/community for more information.