Ely Charity serves up more hot meals, with help from Tesco

A local charity in Littleport is helping to improve the lives of adults with complex learning disabilities, with the help of food donations from its local Tesco store.

Founded in 1994, Branching Out provides specialist work-based training to its members, in areas such as upcycling, gardening, arts and crafts and cooking.

The group also provides volunteering opportunities at its charity shop, encouraging people to become more involved in their local community. 

The charity has been receiving donations of vegetables, baked goods and eggs from Tesco since 2017, which it uses to make lunches for its members during training sessions. The group also uses the eggs to create dog biscuits, which are sold in its charity shop.

The biggest surplus food redistribution scheme of its kind in the UK, Community Food Connection sees surplus food from Tesco stores distributed to local charities and community groups, and is run in conjunction with food charity FareShare.

Susan Wiggans, General Manager at Branching Out, says: “We’re hugely grateful for Tesco for the surplus food. Without it, we’d have to purchase the items ourselves, which would leave us with much less budget to use on supporting vulnerable members of our community.

“We launched our charity 25 years ago, and in that time we’ve supported thousands of local people. Just recently, 500 members of the wider community came to our family fun day to celebrate our 25th anniversary with us, and it was so rewarding to see the community turn out in such a huge number to raise money for us.”

Tesco’s Head of Community, Alec Brown, said: “We’re proud to have played a small part in the admirable work that Branching Out does for the local community.

“We firmly believe that no good food should go to waste, and our Community Food Connection scheme ensures that our surplus food is used to benefit the local community. We look forward to receiving more applications from community groups and charities in Ely.”

If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from the support of Community Food Connection then visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-go to find out more.

Press release form Ely Tesco

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