The Community Champion at Tesco Bridgewater Extra, David McKay, has teamed up with local Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson to promote a new scheme to provide surplus food to charities, community and church groups.
Welcoming the scheme Mrs Dobson said: “No food that could be eaten should ever go to waste. That’s why I am supporting this new scheme from Tesco and encouraging local groups to get in touch with both Tesco stores in Banbridge to register their interest.
“I am also delighted that the scheme will strengthen the links between the stores and local charities, breakfast clubs, after school, church and community groups working to help others in our community.
“The store will be donating a very wide range of products including from their bakery, fruit and vegetables, eggs and chilled products including meat, ready meals and dairy.
“This is the latest step in the stores ongoing work with food redistribution charity FareShare on the provision of surplus food and anyone who is interested can contact the Fareshare NI Office on 028 9024 6440.”
Meanwhile Tesco are to offer children free fruit while their parents are shopping in store, to help them eat more healthily.
The initiative, is aimed at creating healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get fruit and vegetables they need.
Research has shown 10% of boys and 7% of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 meet the 5-a- day recommendation.