Community centre helps deliver free food from Sunderland Sainsbury’s

Farringdon's Jubilee Centre members Patricia Cartledge, Malcolm Thorogood, Peter Carrick, Miesha Newton and Colin Swindles with some of the centre's food
Farringdon's Jubilee Centre members Patricia Cartledge, Malcolm Thorogood, Peter Carrick, Miesha Newton and Colin Swindles with some of the centre's food
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A city community centre is helping to feed residents thanks to a supermarket.

Farringdon Jubilee Centre is one of the charities which has been chosen by the city’s Sainsbury’s store to distribute almost out of date food to those who need it most.

Staff from the Allendale Road centre visit the Silksworth store on a Tuesday morning bringing back a large amount of bread and other fresh produce, which would otherwise go to waste.

Jemma Amer, manager at the Jubilee Centre, said the scheme has been running for just a couple of weeks and is already proving very popular with people who use the centre.

She said: “The food is fine to eat, but is almost out of display date. However, it is fine to eat and can be frozen and used later.”

Jemma said if any of the fruit is a little bit soft it can easily be used to make smoothies.

She said: “We are very grateful to Sainsbury’s, they have a very good approach. This is a good scheme and it is much better to donate the food than let it go to waste.

“We get people in to our job club who are finding it difficult to find the money to eat.

“There are also working families who are struggling, but who would not necessarily qualify for food banks, so this is great for them. They might not need it every week, but can use if when they do.”

Although people can take what food they need, Jemma said the centre monitors the situation to make sure it is distributed fairly.

Other community groups across the city are also taking part in the scheme distributing the food on different days of the week.