Karl supports Lincoln’s new charity food service during visit

Karl McCartney JP MP visited the Pathways centre on Beaumont Fee on Friday 21 October to see a recently launched service in action where unsold food become meals for vulnerable people across the city. He met charity representatives from both charity Framework and Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme. The latter are working in partnership with FareShare FoodCloud to distribute unsold food from stores to local people in need.

Charities check the availability of food at their local store and arrange to pick it up. Currently, the unsold food available is fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.

Karl McCartney JP MP, Member of Parliament for the City of Lincoln, said: “No food that can be eaten should go to waste, therefore it’s really great to see Tesco and FareShare helping local charities and community groups in the City to help those who need extra support."

Alex Boak, store manager from Lincoln’s Tesco Extra, says: “We’re delighted to have welcome Karl McCartney MP to our store to see exactly how the Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud works, and to meet charities that are using the scheme.

“We’re working hard to make sure that the unsold food is made the most of; we have great links with local charities and community groups, so we’re pleased to introduce another initiative that will support their efforts to help vulnerable people.”

Tesco’s stores across Lincolnshire are among the first in the country to roll out the service, following a pilot in 14 stores nationwide which saw Tesco donate over 22 tonnes of food to more than 50 charities, the equivalent weight of over 50,000 meals.

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Notes to editors

For more information or to register for FareShare FoodCloud please visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud

For further information, please contact Karl McCartney JP MP at: karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221