Co-op steps up food charity support

The Co-operative Group is to increase its support to a charity which takes surplus food and drink and redistributes it to local groups, helping to feed more than 50,000 people every day.

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The Co-operative Group is to increase its support to the FareShare food distribution charity

The Co-operative Group is to increase its support to a charity which takes surplus food and drink and redistributes it to local groups, helping to feed more than 50,000 people every day.

More of the Co-op's depots will work with FareShare by early next year, including regional distribution centres at Avonmouth in Bristol and Castlewood in Derbyshire.

Food is already sent to FareShare from Co-op depots in County Durham, Newhouse near Glasgow, Thurrock in Essex and Lea Green on Merseyside, which is distributed to homeless hostels, lunch clubs, young peoples' projects and refugee centres.

Steve Murrells, chief executive retail of the Co-operative Group, said: "We are delighted to support FareShare and this year we have sent them more than 113 tonnes of food, the equivalent of 269,000 meals, to help some of the most disadvantaged people across the country.

"As a community retailer, the Co-operative shares FareShare's commitment to tackling food poverty and food waste."

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, said: "The strengthening of our partnership with the Co-operative will mean we can provide even more high quality, nutritious food to the 1,000 charities we support.

"This comes at a crucial time, as demand for our services is rising and more people are turning to our member charities for food than at any other time in FareShare's history."