Tesco stores have been giving out free supplies to domestic abuse survivors in Dudley.

Charity, Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD), is facilitating the donations as part of their New Beginnings Domestic Abuse Service.

CHADD helps provide a safety net in times of crisis for survivors who often arrive with few belongings.



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Its work extends from the Community Food Connection surplus food scheme, a collaboration between Tesco and food surplus distribution charity FareShare.

The scheme redistributes approximately two million meals every month across the UK.

CHADD CEO, Anna Walsh, said: "Every year we provide 13,900 nights of safety for women and children fleeing abuse.

"They often arrive with just what they are wearing, so being able to provide the basics to support them and to provide toys and treats goes a long way to helping them settle and rebuild."

“Tesco’s continued support and commitment to our work has been invaluable and has had a huge positive impact. Thank you for helping us bring back the smiles to women and children seeking to recover from abuse.”

Claire De Silva, Tesco head of community, said: "Working with community groups such as CHADD to help them get the food they need is such an important service for us to be able to provide.

"The dedication they have to their community is amazing, and we are pleased to do what we can to support."

FareShare, the largest charity fighting hunger and food waste in the UK, also supports the project.

The head of FareShare Go, Katie Sadler, said: "The food that Tesco redistributes through FareShare makes a huge difference to people facing food insecurity across the UK.

“We work with thousands of charities and community groups providing essential support to their communities, and receiving a steady stream of food helps them to feed the people who need it most.”