A supermarket is joining hundreds of others across the UK this weekend to celebrate four years of Tesco's surplus food donation scheme.

Tesco’s Ponders End store will be showcasing the Community Food Connection scheme, which is run in conjunction with leading food charity FareShare this Saturday.

They will be talking to customers about how the scheme works to provide free surplus food, and inviting local charities and community groups who already receive food from the scheme to encourage even more to sign up.

The Community Food Connection scheme ensures that every Tesco store in the UK is able to donate surplus food at the end of the day to charities and community groups. It uses an innovative app developed by social enterprise FoodCloud, to notify groups each night about the food available for collection.

To date, the Ponders End store has donated more than 6,000 meals to date in the surrounding area.

FareShare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said: “The food that Tesco donates makes a really makes a big difference to local charities and communities across the UK.

“We are proud to have been able to work with Tesco over the past four years to create this pioneering scheme, which is the biggest of its kind in the UK. We hope that by celebrating this milestone with Tesco colleagues and customers we can reach out to even more charities and community groups."

To find out more details about Community Food Connection and how local groups can benefit please visit Tesco’s Ponders End store on Saturday, June 1 or visit www.tesco.com/community-food-connection