Supermarket food scheme feeds 5000 Norfolk people
A Norwich charity is aiming to feed 5,000 people in need during 2018, with support from Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme which redistributes unsold food to charities and community groups.
Equipping, Nurturing Young People (ENYP) works in some of the most deprived areas of Norwich to provide clubs, activities and meals to children and young people that need them. The charity has been using Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme, which is run in conjunction with food redistribution charity FareShare, for 12 months now.
Danny Doran-Smith, Director at ENYP says: “We have an ambitious goal to reach 5,000 people through the provision of food in 2018.
“Thanks to support from Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme as well as other important partners, we made a good start in January and February by feeding 1,301 people, giving out more than 180 picnic bags of food and hosting 870 children at ENYP clubs and activities with food provided.
Joining the Community Food Connection scheme has meant that ENYP is able to broaden its offer of food. Previously, the food they had access to via foodbanks or donations were tinned or processed store cupboard staples. Now ENYP volunteers are able to collect fresh produce including fruit and vegetables and chilled items like meat and cheese, from seven Tesco and Tesco Express stores across Norwich.
The collected food is used to power projects like Squeeze, which sees a smoothie bar set up at every ENYP club for children and young people, providing access to fun and healthy food choices and enabling conversations around health and wellbeing. ENYP also manages the PICNIC project, which delivers fresh food to the homes of families and individuals in financial difficulties, and Daily Bread, which gives out loaves of bread to local people in need.
Eric Keeler, store manager at Tesco Extra in Norwich says: “The Community Food Connection Scheme is one of our most exciting projects as it really puts us in touch with the community and introduces us to fantastic charities like ENYP. Food that would previously have gone to waste is now doing really powerful and wonderful things in Norwich, whether that is helping to fill an empty stomach or just bringing people together for companionship, and we’re pleased to play our part in that.”
For more information please visit ENYP’s website – www.enyp.org.uk