THE Co-operative Group is launching a scheme to supply food from its distribution depot in St Helens to some of the most vulnerable and needy people across Merseyside in time for Christmas.
The Co-operative, the fifth largest retailer in the UK, is supporting national charity FareShare and is backing its campaign to fight hunger and reduce food waste across the country.
It is supporting the Merseyside branch of FareShare by sending surplus food, such as oversupplies and products with damaged packaging but intact content, from its depot in Elton Head Road, Lea Green.
The food will then be distributed to charities across the city region, such as homeless hostels, soup kitchens, minority support groups and school breakfast clubs.
Sean Toal, chief operating officer of Co-operative Food, said: “We are delighted to support FareShare from our Lea Green distribution depot and help some of the most disadvantaged people across Merseyside.
“The Co-operative shares FareShare’s commitment to tackling food poverty and food waste, and we will be supplying them with a quality range of products, which will be distributed to many worthwhile causes in the region.
“We already deliver food to FareShare at several other depots, which has made a huge difference to the charities and organisations they support, and we are looking forward to working with FareShare Merseyside and helping to provide healthy food to people who need it most.”