Exciting news! We have reached 10 million meals with FareShare FoodCloud

Advert for banana bread

14 June 2017

FareShare FoodCloud has provided the equivalent of a whopping 10 million meals! What’s more, we’ve saved 4,200 tonnes of good food from going to waste.

“A big thank you to Tesco for their commitment to food waste and showing real leadership in being the first to adopt FareShare FoodCloud.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare

With over 5,000 charities and community groups collecting free surplus food from Tesco stores across the UK, the retailer is celebrating these amazing achievements by launching a new TV advert which features one of our community groups.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare, said:

“It’s fantastic that Tesco’s new ‘Food Love Stories’ advert will go out on primetime TV and help raise the profile of surplus food. There’s no reason at all for good quality, in date food to be thrown away when it could go to a charity who needs it.”

“Reaching 10 million meals through our network of 5,000 charities and community groups is a phenomenal achievement. A big thank you to Tesco for their commitment to food waste and showing real leadership in being the first to adopt FareShare FoodCloud.”

National TV advert

Airing tonight (Wednesday 14 June) during the breaks of ITV’s Emmerdale, Channel 4’s Gogglesprogs, Sky’s The Blacklist and The Voice Kids on ITV, the advert stars Bo’ness Academy in Scotland – a secondary school where the students use surplus food from Tesco stores to bake wholesome homemade snacks and cakes for their community, their favourite being lovely banana bread.

Bo’ness Academy in Scotland

The academy is in the coastal town of Bo'ness, which sits on the south bank of the Forth of Firth, near Falkirk, and prides itself on being an integral part of the local community with its very own café.

The Community Café is very much a reflection of the community spirit that Bo'ness Academy enjoys, providing an opportunity for the school children at the Academy to learn new cooking skills by making the food that is served up in the café.

Ruth Proven, Senior Technician, Bo’ness Academy said:

The teamwork and communications skills gained by the pupils have been the main driving force behind the café's success. Staff at the school also benefit from the café by being able to mix and engage with the pupils and local residents over a meal.”

Bo'ness Academy using surplus food from Tesco and FareShare to make cakes for community cafe

Feeding Minds and Bodies

Many of the visitors to the café are retired, giving them the opportunity to socialise and enjoy good food and company, whilst bringing together young and old across the Bo’ness Academy in a friendly and warm atmosphere.

Retired visitors to the Bo'ness community cafe eat surplus food from FareShare FoodCloud

Ruth Proven, Senior Technician, Bo’ness Academy adds:

The food provided by FareShare FoodCloud goes a long way towards bringing our community together. Stopping this food from going to waste not only benefits hungry stomachs, it feeds hungry minds, forges relationships and connects communities. It saves us money too.”

“I recommend any charity or community group to contact FareShare to see how you could benefit from Tesco's free surplus food and help them to stop food waste.”

‘Nothing Wasted Banana Bread’

The advert is the latest in Tesco’s ongoing Food Love Stories campaign, which introduces a new food love story each month to demonstrate the special role food plays in people’s lives.

The recipe for ‘Bo’ness Academy Nothing Wasted Banana Bread’ was developed by the school, following their experiences cooking with surplus food from Tesco.

Nothing Wasted Banana Bread made by Bo'ness Academy using surplus food from Tesco

Serves 6
Takes 1 hr


125g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
100g caster sugar
175g self-raising flour
2 very ripe medium bananas (about 300g in total), peeled
2 eggs
100g sultanas
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar
30g dried chewy bananas or
banana chips (optional)


1 Preheat the oven to gas 3,170°C, fan 150°C. Lightly grease a 900g loaf tin with butter.

2 Melt the butter and sugar together in a small saucepan, stirring continuously until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the mixture into a large bowl; leave to cool for 5 minutes.

3 Meanwhile, sift the flour onto a large plate and add a pinch of salt. On another plate, use a fork to mash the bananas well.

4 Beat the eggs, one at a time, into the butter mixture, then fold in the mashed bananas. Stir in the sultanas and vanilla extract. Add the flour gradually, stirring well after each addition.

5 Scrape the mixture into the loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes, until lightly golden and well-risen. You can cover the top of the loaf with foil if it looks like it is starting to brown. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

6 Mix the icing sugar with 2 tsp water to make a runny icing. Drizzle over the top of the loaf, then decorate with chewy bananas or banana chips, if using. Serve slightly warm. It will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from the support of free surplus food, visit our FareShare FoodCloud page to register.