Leeds food redistribution charity cooks up new partnership with the Co-op

Leeds hunger busting charity, The Real Junk Food Project, has signed up to the Co-op’s new food redistribution scheme, Food Share, and is now working with nine Co-op stores across the city in a bid to increase the amount of healthy meals it can provide to those in need. Having launched this April, the retailer’s brand new initiative takes products off sale earlier on the day of expiry, enabling charities to collect a wider range of fresh food and baked goods within their use-by and best-before dates. The real Junk…

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Co-op £2m funding boost for Scouts and Guides

Scouts and Guides across the UK are enjoying a funding boost after Co-op members generated more than £2m in less than two years. Since the Co-op’s local community fund was launched in September 2016, 900 Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs and nearly 400 Guide, Brownie and Rainbow units in the UK have received a total of £2,100,000. The mutual has supported thousands of other youth groups in the UK, raising a total of £5.4 million* since the scheme began. Co-op members, who receive a five per cent reward for…

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Ten UK firms join jobs scheme for victims of modern slavery

Ten UK businesses have signed up to Bright Future, an innovative scheme devised by the Co-op, in conjunction with charity City Hearts, to create jobs for victims of modern slavery. Household names Dixons Carphone and The Body Shop, in partnership with Single Resource, along with eight others, including independent Co-op societies, food suppliers and construction company Marshalls Plc, have become Bright Future Business Partners and pledged to provide employment for people rescued from enslavement. Under the Bright Future scheme victims are offered a four-week paid work placement leading to a…

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Co-op awarded ‘Good Pig Award’ from compassion in world farming

Leading ethical convenience retailer, the Co-op, received a Compassion in World Farming Good Pig Award on Thursday 21 June in recognition of its policy to only use 100% British outdoor-bred pigs from RSPCA Assured farms across its own-brand fresh pork, bacon, gammon, sausages and ham. The prestigious award, which was presented at a ceremony in Paris, recognises companies that use higher welfare systems for sows and meat pigs. Tracey Jones, Director of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming said: “We wholeheartedly congratulate the Co-op for making this move to…

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Co-op Foundation enters into £2 million partnership with government to combat youth loneliness

The Co-op’s own charity, the Co-op Foundation, has entered into a £2 million partnership with government to bring communities together and tackle youth loneliness. Announced by the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, (Tuesday 19 June), the funding will build on the Foundation’s existing Belong network of community partners working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It forms part of the government’s £11 million Building Connections Fund, £5 million of which is being match-funded through the Big Lottery Fund. Applicants supported will help bring communities together, making the most of…

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