Market Weighton store giving away surplus unsold food to charities

Tesco supermarket in Market Weighton is giving away surplus food to local charities and community groups.
Tesco supermarket in Market Weighton is giving away surplus food to local charities and community groups.

A supermarket in Market Weighton is giving back to the community by donating unsold food to charities and community groups.

From last Monday, the Tesco store, on Southgate, and many other Tesco branches across the country, began giving away free food, which previously would have been thrown away and gone to landfill.

Two local charities - Sue Ryder Holme Hall and the Home Group - have so far joined the Community Food Connection scheme to receive surplus food from the Market Weighton branch. The store is hoping more charities or not-for-profit groups come forward to receive some of the food, which includes bakery products, fruit and vegetables. There are slots available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Neil Terry, a trade manager for Tesco, said: “The process is going to help a lot of good causes. It answers that long term issue of why do stores throw away surplus food, it’s because we’ve not been able to set something up like this. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Tesco has teamed up with FareShare FoodCloud for the Community Food Connection programme. The scheme links charities and groups to Tesco stores via an app that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.

Carole Shepherd, from Sue Ryder Holme Hall in Holme on Spalding Moor, which is a specialist neurological care centre that looks after people aged 18 and over, said: “This is a fantastic thing to help us. We have to provide so many specialist diets.

“It will really help our budgets.”

Any local charity or community group interested in joining the scheme should call Jodie Colgrave from FareShare FoodCloud on 07572 228271.