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Unsold food proves a lifeline at Diss playgroup

Merryfields Play Group
Merryfields Play Group

A Diss playschool is making good use of unsold food from the town’s Tesco store.

Merryfields Playschool, in Shelfanger Road, is one of a number of community groups and charities in Norfolk to receive surplus food donations through Tesco’s community food connection scheme.

Merryfields is a charitable pre-school that is partly government-funded and partly fee-paying.

As many parents cannot afford to contribute, the school has qualified for food donations from Tesco.

Playschool manager Sharon Everett said: “The community food connection scheme is a lifeline for us.”

“We pick up from Tesco in Diss each week and the staff there are fantastic – they really try to find out what types of food are helpful to us and go out of their way to provide them.

“Not a single bit of donated food goes to waste as we can use it in so many different ways, all designed to benefit the children.

“Some parents have been through some difficult times, and being able to provide a child with a hot meal and some extra food to take home is a relief for everyone.”

Tesco community food connection is the largest supermarket food redistribution scheme in the UK.

Thanks to the scheme, which is run in conjunction with leading food redistribution charity Fareshare, Merryfields is able to provide 15 hot meals per session.

Anything leftover is packaged into food parcels that can be shared with parents that need a little extra help.

The food is also used to help children learn cooking and baking skills, or even repurposed for sensory play.

If you are a group that could benefit from the community food scheme, go online to www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-go to find out more.

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