FareShare Glasgow & West of Scotland supports Homeless World Cup

11th July 2016

11 July 2016


Tesco and FareShare are working together to provide almost 19,000 meals and 21,000 bottles of water to players and coaches in this summer’s Homeless World Cup, which kicked off yesterday in Glasgow.

Much of the food and water is being paid for by money raised from events held by Tesco colleagues. The rest will come through Tesco’s Community Food Connection initiative with FareShare FoodCloud, which sees unsold food from stores go to those in need.

Mel Young, who co-founded the tournament, said: “This is a remarkable gesture from Tesco, working in partnership with FareShare. The logistics of bringing players, coaches, and support staff, as well as the hundreds of volunteers together in Glasgow is significant, and the operational set-up of providing healthy meals three times a day is such a vital part of that.”

The event will see 48 men’s and 16 women’s teams from 52 countries compete from 10 to 16 July. As well as supplying the meals, water and around 3,500 bananas to players on site, Tesco will also provide each team with a guide for their stay in Glasgow via their community champion network.

Paul McCarter, Tesco store director, said: “Hosting the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow is a fantastic coup for the city. Our Community Food Connection programme already ensures unsold food is utilised by those who need it most so when the opportunity came up to feed the teams at this fantastic event, we were only too happy to come on board and help out.”

Gillian Kynoch, head of FareShare Scotland said: “FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland are thrilled to be partnering with Tesco in order to supply food and water to the players and coaches of this year’s Homeless World Cup. The tournament empowers and inspires homeless people to change their lives through the power of football, and we are proud to be collaborating with Tesco to support the event in Glasgow.”

The Homeless World Cup was set up by the International Network of Street Papers and Mel Young, founder of the Big Issue in Scotland, to inspire homeless people to change their lives.

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