SOFEA’s Community Food Members (CFMs) initiative bags £10,500 from Tesco’s Community Grant Scheme.

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SOFEA’s Community Food Members (CFMs) will receive £10,500 from Tesco stores across the UK that will be used to transport surplus food to vulnerable people throughout the SOFEA network. With special thanks to Bicester (£1,500), Banbury (£1,500), Henley (£500), Maidenhead (£500), Princes Risborough (£1,500), Oxford (£1,500), Aylesbury (£1,500), Reading (£1,500) and Windsor (£500).

The purpose of Community Food Members (CFMs) are to provide to food to community groups in Oxfordshire; such as the Didcot Foodbank, Hagbourne Primary School, as well as delivering food to SOFEA’s Community Larders located in Didcot and Thatcham.

SOFEA’s Warehouse Manager, Andy, said: “Without the massive support we receive on a daily basis from the local distribution centre, we would not be able to carry out the work we do with people with various physical and learning disabilities and also supplying many charities including helping the homeless.”

Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes like Hagbourne Primary School and especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Tesco Community Grants is run in partnership with community focused charity Groundwork, who has awarded grants to thousands of local community projects every year.

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme – previously Tesco Bags of Help – has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 projects across Britain.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. To find out more visit

Issued by: Tesco

For further information please contact:

SOFEA: (01235) 510774

Community Food Members (CFMs):

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