A LEADING supermarket has issued a rallying cry to charities and community groups to join a free food scheme.

in Tesco calls on Sale and Altrincham charities to join free food scheme

The various organisations are urged to sign up to the scheme, which enables them to collect surplus food from their local Tesco store.

The food is free, and will include fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables, bakery products and chilled food like meat, cheese and ready meals.

Tesco is now set to extend Community Food Connection to its convenience stores across Sale and Altrincham, which will significantly extend the number of charities reached and the number of meals given to people in need. Groups that benefit include homeless shelters, substance abuse rehabilitation services, after-school clubs, foodbanks and domestic violence refuges.

Mark Thomas, Corporate Affairs Manager for the North of England at Tesco, said: “We’re so proud to already support local charities and community groups through Community Food Connection from our larger stores in Sale and Altrincham and to be able to extend that support to our convenience stores is fantastic.

“We are looking forward to forging more strong links with local charities and community groups in Sale and Altrincham, and supporting their efforts to help more vulnerable people in our community.”

If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from the support of Community Food Connection, visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud to register.