Tesco donates nearly 77,000 meals to help Ely residents during lockdown

PUBLISHED: 11:53 02 July 2020

Tesco has donated thousands of meals to charities and community groups in and around Ely as part of their food connection scheme. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tesco has donated thousands of meals to charities and community groups in and around Ely as part of their food connection scheme. Picture: SUPPLIED

Archant

Thousands of meals have been donated to community groups and charities to help those who need it most as part of a national food scheme.

Tesco has donated 76,829 meals of surplus food in and around Ely through the community food connection scheme, with 50 million meals donated by the supermarket across the UK and almost 700 groups have signed up to the scheme during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the charities to benefit from the scheme, which works with food redistribution charity FareShare, is Branching Out in Littleport which helps improve the lives of adults with complex learning disabilities.

Susan Wiggans, general manager at Branching Out, said: “We’re hugely grateful for Tesco for the surplus food.

“Without it, we’d have to purchase the items ourselves, which would leave us with much less budget to use on supporting vulnerable members of our community.”

Jason Tarry, CEO of Tesco UK, added: “Tesco community food connection has made a real difference to communities. However, there is more to do, and we are looking at how we can divert even more food from waste in future.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ely Standard. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ely Standard