5 Nov 2018
Falkirk’s Camelon Community Café uses surplus food donated by Tesco to provide economical and nutritious meals to people experiencing financial difficulties.
Emma Sinclair, who works at the café based at the Camelon Community Centre, has seen first-hand the positive impact the Community Food Connection scheme has on people from across the town.
“We provide meals for people who are struggling financially. This resource not only sustains them through the day but also helps to alleviate feelings of social isolation by providing a fun and safe environment for people to meet friends and socialise.
“Our aim is to prepare healthy, wholesome meals using the best ingredients available and to sell them to customers as cheaply as possible.
“Since we began 12 years ago, we’ve helped people from Camelon and from further afield. We get to know people and find out about their lives. Last Christmas, we provided a full Christmas dinner for a family of four, in partnership with the community centre.
“I think we provide a very important service within the community. We simply could not provide the volume and quality of meals needed without the help from Tesco and Community Food Connection.”
At Tesco, we have no time for waste
Working in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare, we provide around 350,000 meals worth of unsold, surplus food to charities and community groups each week through Community Food Connection. So far over 30 million meals have been donated to more than 7,000 local charities and community groups across the country.
We’re committed to tackling food waste wherever it occurs, from farm to fork. That means working in partnership with our suppliers, reducing food waste in our own operations, and helping our customers reduce food waste at home too. You can read more about the action we’re taking here.
If you know a group that could benefit from the support of Community Food Connection, click here to find out more.