9th Dec, 2016

Tesco feeds thousands of people in need through community food programme

Solihull Editorial 9th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

TESCO stores across Solihull have donated an incredible 3,850 meals to local people in need thanks to Tesco’s surplus food redistribution programme, Community Food Connection, in partnership with FareShare FoodCloud.

This contribution from stores in Solihull has helped the programme reach its first milestone of one million meals of surplus food donated by Tesco stores nationwide.

The programme sees Tesco stores across the UK donating their unsold food to local charities and community groups for free.

Tesco Solihull launched the programme in April and has been working closely with food redistribution charity FareShare, and local charities.

Part of the company’s ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Community Food Connection links local charities and community groups to Tesco stores via an innovative app that allows store teams to let local charities know there is unsold food available at the end of each day.

The unsold food is provided to the charities free of charge, and includes fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.

To date 2,000 charities and community groups have signed up to the programme and the equivalent of one million meals of surplus food has been donated to good causes right across the UK.

Rifka Chakkalakal, Community Food Programmes Manager at Tesco said: “We are delighted to see Solihull contribute a 3,850 meals of surplus food to people in need.

“We believe that no food that could be eaten should go to waste, so we’re excited to continue to grow this initiative. That’s why we’re looking for even more charities and community groups to come forward to register for the programme. If you serve food to people in need in your community – we want to hear from you.”

* FareShare FoodCloud is the latest step in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food.

The partnership spans three years and includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcom centres as well as supporting FareShare and foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust with in-store donation initiatives including the Neighbourhood Food Collection.

Any charities or community groups in that are interested in joining the programme should visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud.