SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has dished out more than 100,000 meals in Edinburgh using unsold food.
Charities benefitting from the scheme include homeless hostels, breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children, domestic violence refuges and lunch clubs for older people.
Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme – run in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare – was launched in February last year to make sure that no food safe for human consumption will go to waste.
In total, it has now served up 107,388 meals in Edinburgh and a further 20,490 in East Lothian – among 10 million across the country.
Tony McElroy, head of communications Scotland at Tesco, said: “It’s great to see the difference Community Food Connection is making by providing people in need with meals from food that would otherwise go to waste.
“We know that it frees up time and resources so that the charities using it can focus on offering other services.
“Our colleagues are playing an important role, too. Together with FareShare, they’re helping to make sure local charities across the UK have access to surplus food from our stores.”