Recovering drug and alcohol addicts are getting free, freshly cooked meals made with surplus food donations from Tesco.

The extra food is being given each week to the Oasis Partnership, a High Wycombe and Aylesbury-based charity that helps people with suffering with substance misuse get their lives back on track.

The Oasis Partnership receives the food because it is part of Tesco’s Community Food Connection scheme, in partnership with food charity FareShare.

Jax Weir, project manager at the charity, said: “The donations from Tesco allow our service-users to have food items that they would never normally be able to afford. They really look forward to the weekly food donations.

“We have 40 volunteers in total and 30 members of staff, and they do amazing work with people who have drug and alcohol addictions. The meals from the food donations are a big part of that work.

“We have a very good relationship with Tesco, and the FareShare scheme works brilliantly in Wycombe. They always support our charity.”

The Oasis Partnership has been operating for more than 35 years, having begun as a small counselling team. It now also provides high-quality social and psychological support services to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

David Page, Tesco’s head of community, said: “We are proud to work with the Oasis Partnership, whose dedication to the community is amazing. They have already helped so many people, and we are so pleased to be working with them to assist even more people in need.”

Tesco is keen to hear from any charities that could benefit from the programme. Interested groups can get in touch with their local store or visit to register.