// Asda donates 500,000 meals to north east hunger charities and groups in partnership with FareShare
// The grocer donates food such as non-chilled fruits, vegetables and bread products which can no longer be sold in stores
Asda has donated the equivalent of 500,000 meals to charities and community groups across the north east, to support people in hunger.
In Partnership with food charity FareShare, the supermarket chain has donated the food directly to charities and community groups via its back of store donation scheme.
Asda donates food such as non-chilled fruits, vegetables, eggs, dented tins and bread products which can no longer be sold in stores but are still edible, all products with a use-by date are not donated.
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Asda supermarkets and superstores have been donating food via FareShare Go, with over eight million meals donated this year alone.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on charities and the people who rely on them,” said Asda zero waste senior manager Karen Todd.
“We are delighted to help in any way we can and will continue to look at ways we can support people in our local communities,” she added. “The scheme also means we are minimising food waste which, as a company, we are passionate about eradicating.”
FareShare commercial director Alyson Walsh added: “We’re incredibly grateful to Asda for their continued efforts in redistributing surplus food that has become available in their stores – especially during what has been such a tough time for so many.
“Being able to source good-to-eat, free surplus food from retailers through FareShare Go provides thousands of vulnerable people with much-needed food that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.”