Tesco donates an additional 1.7 million meals to FareShare

13 November 2015

Tesco driver with volunteers

Friday 13 November 2015

Tesco has announced it will donate surplus food from all its ambient distribution centres to FareShare, resulting in a further 700,000 meals going to those in need this year. Tesco already supplies FareShare with surplus food from its fresh distribution centres.

FareShare and its beneficiaries will also receive a one-off donation of one million meals from Tesco. The donation will be made up of recently delisted product lines and will include tinned meat, cereals, canned fruit and vegetables.

The food will provide much needed support to people in need right across the country through organisations like women’s refuges, homeless shelters and children’s breakfast clubs.

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO, said: “Over the last 12 months FareShare redistributed over 2,660 tonnes of food from Tesco – including food donated from the twice yearly Neighbourhood Food Collections – to over 2,100 charities across the UK. Our rewarding and longstanding partnership with Tesco means this latest donation will help us reach – and feed – even more vulnerable people.”

Rebecca Shelley, Tesco Communication Responsibility Director said: “We hate to waste food and want to do everything we can to support people in need. We have been working with FareShare for the last three years and we know these donations will make a real difference to people’s lives. Every little help can make a big difference and it’s vital that we support those that need it most.”

Earlier this year, Tesco partnered with FareShare and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud to roll out the FareShare FoodCloud app in the UK. The app will help eliminate the need to throw away food in Tesco stores that could otherwise have been eaten by connecting Tesco stores with local charities.

Since December 2012, Tesco and its customers have donated 27.5 million meals to FareShare and foodbank charity The Trussell Trust. This includes food donated through twice-yearly Neighbourhood Food Collections as well as at in-store permanent collection points.

Read more about how FareShare and Tesco work together.