FareShare London calls for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

7 November 2019

We are pleased to announce FareShare London is bidding to receive a share from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

“The funding will go towards a new refrigerated delivery van, which will help FareShare London to deliver more food to breakfast clubs, homelessness shelters, community cafes and projects supporting those struggling with physical or mental health difficulties across the capital.

“If you shop in a London Tesco store over the next couple of months, we’d be delighted if you gave FareShare your vote!”

Emma Faulkner, Trust and Grants Manager at FareShare

A special voting round of Tesco’s community funding scheme will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects to celebrate the company’s centenary.

Voting is now open in all Tesco stores throughout London and will continue throughout October, November and December. You can cast your vote using a token given to you at the checkout in store each time you shop. The more votes we receive, the more likely we are to receive larger grants, enabling us to feed thousands more hungry people across the capital.

FareShare London redistributes surplus food to more than 200 charities and community groups across the city who turn it into meals, serving more than 21,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged people every week.

Emma Faulkner, Trust and Grants Manager at FareShare, said: “We’ve been working closely with Tesco since 2012 to reduce food waste and fight hunger across the UK so we’re really excited to be shortlisted for these grants and for our relationship to have an even larger impact.

“The funding will go towards a new refrigerated delivery van, which will help FareShare London to deliver more food to breakfast clubs, homelessness shelters, community cafes and projects supporting those struggling with physical or mental health difficulties across the capital.

“If you shop in a London Tesco store over the next couple of months, we’d be delighted if you gave FareShare your vote!”

Rachel Ledwith, Development Manager at FareShare London, added: “Food poverty can happen to anyone, and it can happen quickly. The charities we provide food to support those who have lost their homes, left the Armed Forces and struggled to adjust, escaped violent relationships, fallen into drug or alcohol misuse or simply can no longer cook for themselves.

“Food is the connector – when it’s joined with the life changing support services provided by our frontline charity members, we know it’s the enabler to help get people back on their feet.”

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.