1,000 charities receiving free surplus food through FareShare FoodCloud

23 May 2016

23 May 2016

FareShare FoodCloud giving box of food

More than 1,000 charities and community groups are receiving free surplus food from their local Tesco store through FareShare FoodCloud, a new scheme that enables stores to redistribute surplus, unsold food at the end of each day to benefit vulnerable people.

The FareShare FoodCloud scheme has been developed by FareShare in partnership with Irish social enterprise FoodCloud, which provides the technology to connect stores with local charities. Tesco is the first retailer to invest in the scheme, which is being rolled out to all large stores across the UK by the end of 2016.

FareShare has been working with the food industry for more than 20 years to redistribute good quality, in date food that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs and lunch clubs for older people. Most of the surplus food that FareShare redistributes has been intercepted before it reaches supermarket stores, either at the manufacturer or the distribution centre.

Combining innovative technology with on the ground support, FareShare FoodCloud has been developed as a simple and safe solution for redistributing store-level surplus food to people who need it. Once charities have registered for the scheme and been matched with a participating store, they are notified about unsold food by text message and can then collect the food free of charge.

Supporting local communities

Tony Duffy from Oasis community café in Newcastle, which has been receiving surplus food from Tesco through the scheme since March, said: “We’re based in the West End of Newcastle, which is a very deprived area. The high nutritional value of the food helps improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. The savings that we make on the food meanwhile are ploughed back into the café, helping to cater for other essential services including utility bills and cooking facilities. The Tesco team at Trinity Square Gateshead have been fantastic and we’re benefitting from FareShare FoodCloud in a huge way.”

Thousands more charities can benefit

FareShare and Tesco are calling for a total of 5,000 charities and community groups to sign up for the FareShare FoodCloud scheme by the end of 2016. Tesco has launched a digital map that makes it easy for charities to find their nearest participating large store and the date that the scheme will launch in their area in 2016.

For more information about the scheme or to register their interest, charities and community groups can visit: www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud