Charities and community groups in Weymouth are being encouraged to sign up to a scheme that lets them collect surplus food from their local Tesco store.

The food is free, and will include fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables, bakery products and chilled food like meat, cheese and ready meals.

Since launching in February 2016, the initiative, Community Food Connection, has helped provide 11 million meals to more than 5,800 charities and community groups, whose service users might otherwise go hungry.

Groups that benefit include homeless shelters, substance abuse rehabilitation services, after-school clubs, foodbanks and domestic violence refuges.

Visit to register.