A COMMUNITY cafe in Kelty has been boosted by donations of surplus food from Tesco.

The volunteer-run Oor Wee Cafe opens each Tuesday to provide local residents and anyone in need with complimentary homemade soups and stovies, as well as takeaway food packages.

They receive fresh food from their local Tesco via the supermarket’s Community Food Connection scheme, run in conjunction with food charity FareShare and powered by FoodCloud technology.

In the spirit of the Christmas season, the Oor Wee Café team hosted their annual festive buffet on December 17 and invited families to join a seasonal feast which was supported by the donated food.

Manager Linzi Forbes said the donations made a big difference.

"We receive food every week thanks to Tesco’s Community Food Connection and these donations are vital for the café and those we support," she said.

“As well as offering support for people in the surrounding areas who need it, Oor Wee Café takes pride in welcoming anybody and everybody to enjoy a hot meal which is made possible through donations from schemes such as the Community Food Connection by Tesco.

"Because we’re completely self-funded, any donations we see can make all the difference to our patrons."

Tony McElroy, head of communications for Tesco in Scotland, added: “Community Food Connection is making a real difference to groups like Oor Wee Café, but we know there are more groups that could receive food from the scheme.

“This is the biggest supermarket food redistribution scheme in the UK and I’d encourage any group looking to use food in their work to discover how they could benefit.”

Tesco Community Food Connection provides around 350,000 meals worth of surplus food to charities and community groups each week. If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from the support of Community Food Connection, then visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-go to find out more.