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Tesco donates surplus food to Canning Town homelessness charity

PUBLISHED: 16:11 22 November 2017

Caritas Anchor House. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Caritas Anchor House. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Beneficiaries of a Canning Town homelessness charity have been given unsold food for free from a leading supermarket chain.

Residential and life-skills centre Caritas Anchor House (CAH), in Barking Road, has teamed up with Tesco and food redistribution charity FareShare to provide varied choices at meal times for its service users.

The Community Food Connection initiative sees charity representatives collecting products from nearby Tesco stores every week after being notified through the FareShare FoodCloud App.

Delighted CAH interim chief executive Andy Haines said it was important as Christmas for homeless people was “like any other time of the year - a battle to survive”.

He added: “We are delighted to be beneficiaries of the Community Food Connection scheme, that helps us to provide meals to those who call Caritas Anchor House home.”

CAH provides accommodation to 250 homeless people each year, in addition to offering counselling, employment and wellbeing services.

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