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Supermarket gives away unsold food

Surplus unsold food from Beverley’s Tesco supermarket is being donated free of charge to help a number of local community groups. And the store has announced yet more people could still benefit.

Tesco community champion Dave Ryley told Beverley FM: “We are pleased to be working with the East Yorkshire Foodbank, Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre and Leven Charity Pre-school in our Community Food Connection Programme. 

“As part of our pledge to cut food waste, the scheme supports charities and community groups, linking them to our stores via an innovative app that allows us to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day. The unsold food is free and includes fresh produce and chilled products.

“Since its launch over two years ago the scheme has been a fantastic success and in the last six months alone, over six thousand meals have been donated to these three groups from our Beverley store.” 

East Yorkshire Foodbank Development Manager Richard Newby told us: ”We have been collecting bread, fruit and vegetables, and sometimes flowers, on a Sunday afternoon and a Tuesday evening since April 2016. The users of the foodbank are all currently in the middle of crisis situations, and struggle to be able to buy the most basic items.”

Mr Ryley said Tesco still had Friday and Saturday nights available for other groups to benefit from the programme. For more information email him – or call  07736 483690.

You can hear Dave Ryley talking about this and Tesco’s Bags for Help scheme with Roy Woodcock on Monday’s Morning Mix, from 10am.