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Posted 15 June 2016

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Cutting food waste in Barton

We are helping prevent food waste by teaming up with supermarket giant Tesco.

The Viking Centre on the Caistor Road estate in Barton-upon-Humber is collecting food from the store on Maltkiln Road and is serving it at various community events held at the centre weekly.

The food donations, which otherwise would have been thrown away or used as animal feed, include vegetables, bread and cakes.

The scheme is part of FareShare FoodCloud from FareShare Uk which allows good surplus food to be redistributed to frontline organisations who need it the most. This reduces waste and means more people are being fed. 

The food, which is donated by Tesco twice a week, is used to make meals at the Teatime Club, youth clubs, Job Club, Talent Match sessions and for volunteers.

Any food which is not used by the groups is given to tenants on the estate or sent to a local food bank.

Fran Rhodes, Estates Co-ordinator for Ongo, said: “The families on the estate really enjoy coming together and sharing meals.  Locally there is no cafe or restaurant and many of the families would find these options too expensive, so being able to offer people food when they come to one of our community groups is a wonderful thing.

“The food we receive each week is fresh, nutritional and definitely too good to be thrown away. We are using it to make meals for people and also teaching families new recipes they can try at home.

“The reaction we’ve had from residents is great; it’s giving them a little bit of extra support when they need it the most.”

Luke McCluskey, Store Manager at Tesco Barton Upon Humber, said: “We are proud to work with a local charity that supports local people."

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