A REDDITCH church is using unsold items from Tesco to feed people in the town who can't afford food.

Assemblies of God Church, on Elm Road in Enfield, has set up a community dinner club every Thursday from noon to 1.30pm.

They have around 30 regular visitors.

Church minister Elaine Palmer-Taylor said: “As we used to be self-funded, the donations from Tesco mean we’re now able to help so many more people in need.

“We’re careful to make sure that no food goes to waste, so we make soup from the vegetables, and depending on what else we receive we make dishes such as spaghetti bolognaise or sweet and sour chicken – anything left over goes into food parcels.”

Elaine added: “These meals are important to people for so many reasons – whether it’s because they’re on their own or because they’re not able to afford to feed themselves.

“The donations we receive through Community Food Connection mean we’re able to support more vulnerable people in Redditch who would otherwise not leave the house or eat a decent meal."

Tesco’s Community Food Connection is run in conjunction with food charity FareShare.

An app links local groups to their closest Tesco store which then alerts the charities to any surplus food available for free at the store at the end of each day.