Addo Food Group has donated more than 187,000 meals to good causes since teaming up with food distribution charity FareShare a year ago.

Under the scheme, surplus food from Addo’s three sites – Riverside Bakery, Poole Bakery and Dorset Foods – is collected and redistributed to local charities providing meals for vulnerable people.

Over the past 12 months, the chilled savoury pastry provider has given away more than 78 tonnes of food that has been supplied to community and neighbourhood centres that provide free meals for families and older people.

“Supporting local communities and giving back to good causes in the areas where our staff live, and work is extremely important to the business as a whole,” said Kim Burgess, head of markets at Addo Food Group.

“Working with FareShare has allowed us to help many people already, but we’re not stopping here. After a successful first year, we’re exploring new ways in which we can work together to help those that need it the most. We urge other businesses like us to join us in supporting FareShare. Together we can make a real difference to people living in food poverty.”

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO, added: “Addo Food Group continues to be a shining example of a manufacturing business which is giving back to the community.

“Our relationship so far has benefited so many people and I want to thank them for their ongoing support and look forward to continuing our work in 2018.”