TESCO has donated 344,778 meals of surplus food across Ealing, it revealed today.

The food was donated through the Community Food Connection scheme it operates with the charity FareShare.

Every Tesco store in the UK is involved. Each month more than a million meals of food are donated.

Since the start of the pandemic, almost 700 new groups have signed up to receive food from the scheme.

The scheme works by pairing charities and community groups with their local Tesco store.

At the end of each day, staff work out what is likely to be unsold and use a phone app to advise a community group.