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Charities urged to collect surplus Tesco supermarket food at Bromley-by-Bow

PUBLISHED: 11:17 28 July 2017

Charity volunteer collecting surplus food at the end of the day. Picture: Tesco PR

Charity volunteer collecting surplus food at the end of the day. Picture: Tesco PR

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Charity volunteers in east London are being urged to turn up at the end of the day to collect surplus food from a Bromley-by-Bow supermarket for families in need rather than having it thrown out.

Chris Foster, one of Tesco's store managers, loading up surplus food for collection.Picture: Tesco PRChris Foster, one of Tesco's store managers, loading up surplus food for collection.Picture: Tesco PR

Fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery products, meat, cheese and ready meals are given to them free to feed families on the poverty line.

They have already collected nearly 32,000 meals from Tesco’s huge Bow store since the nationwide scheme began last year.

“We have no time for waste,” the store director Jez Butwell said. “We are supporting charities and groups to help vulnerable people.”

The store is inviting more Tower Hamlets charities and community groups to sign up to the Community Food Connection scheme for surplus food.

The scheme has provided 10 million meals so far to 5,000 organisations up and down the country such as homeless shelters, rehab services, after-school clubs, foodbanks and domestic violence refuges, helping those in poverty who might otherwise go hungry.


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