Putney Café offers free meals to over 80 people a day with a little help from Tesco

Serendipity Café in Putney has supported its community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free meals to over 80 people a day thanks to donations from Tesco’s Clapham Superstore.

The Community Church-based café on Werter Road, Putney, receives packed lunches containing a range of products delivered through Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme, run in partnership with the charity FareShare for food redistribution.

The Serendipity Café, run by a team of volunteers, offers three-course meals to people who need a little help. The café also provides packed lunches with fruit, vegetables, snacks and beverages.

Nic Murphy at The Serendipity Café said: “We have all been through extremely difficult times over the last year, which has shown how important it is to stick together and help each other.

“Serendipity Café has provided much-needed hot meals to people in need of community support, and donations from Tesco and FareShare have made it all possible.

“We are extremely grateful for all the donations we have received and we plan to continue to support people in the community in the future.”

The Tesco Community Food Connection connects stores with local charities and community groups to ensure no good food is wasted.

Claire De Silva, Head of Communities at Tesco, said: “We know the Community Food Connection scheme makes a real difference for groups like The Serendipity Café by providing a little bit of extra help in the form of surplus food from our stores.

“This is the largest redistribution scheme for supermarket food in the UK and we know there are several groups that could receive food for the work they do, so I would encourage any group that thinks it might benefit to contact FareShare so that we can help even more good causes. ”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Tesco for its continued support of FareShare. We work with a number of charities and community groups that provide important support to their communities and to receive a constant stream of food helps them feed those who need it most. ”

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