A PARTNERSHIP between a supermarket and a food share project are already bearing fruit - almost literally.

The Windsor Foodshare project has teamed up with Tesco, in Dedworth Road, which sees the supermarket act as a collection point for Foodshare donations with shoppers encouraged to drop off their donations at a collection box instore behind the checkouts.

Collections only started on Friday (20/6), but by the end of that day, 18 fruit and vegetable crates of food had already been donated - roughly enough for 18 families - which will be well received as the number of clients using the service has grown from five to more than 20 in the eight months Windsor Foodshare has been running.

Sarah Howard, scheme co-ordinator, said: “It was overwhelming how much there was. I wasn’t expecting that in a week, let alone less than a day so thank you to the generous Tesco shoppers.

“This is a very positive step for us as Tesco is the first major retailer in Windsor to sign up to help us in this way. We are very grateful as we see this as a big step in getting supplies on a more regular basis.” Store manager Simon Warren said “We at Tesco, Windsor are delighted to support an initiative where we are working with our local community.” The Foodshare scheme is run entirely from donations. Families are referred on to the scheme by organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, social services and housing associations and are then presented with vouchers for food parcels.

Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off at churches across Windsor or specifically at Dedworth Green Baptist Church, in Smiths Lane, on Sunday mornings. Visit www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk