Tesco £4 million food donation helps FareShare support those facing poverty

27 May 2021

  • Tesco donated £4 million worth of food to charity FareShare, the equivalent of 4,279,691 meals
  • Partnership between FareShare, Tesco, Fowler Welch and Long Lane Deliveries (LLD) ensured food was delivered to those most in need

Food charity FareShare has benefitted from an additional £4 million worth of food donations from Tesco as part of a Covid-19 support package totalling £12m.

The food, which is equivalent to 4,279,691 meals, has been redistributed by FareShare to a network of more than 3,600 charities working hard to support people that have been impacted by the pandemic.

FareShare worked closely with Tesco and logistics experts Fowler Welch and LLD to deliver much needed food across the country to its regional centres.

In November, Fowler Welch acted as a National Distribution Centre on behalf of FareShare, tipping, cross-docking, and delivering almost 400 pallets of high value fresh meat and cheese to FareShare’s network of Regional Centres. The operation worked at pace to ensure that the fresh products, of which FareShare generally receive less of through surplus channels, were delivered each day.

In the New Year, LLD joined the project and were tasked with storing, and distributing large volumes of long-life cupboard staples like pasta and rice, providing charities and beneficiaries with long lasting food for the uncertain times ahead.

Both supply chains began with Tesco delivering product into a third-party logistics organisation who worked tirelessly to ensure it was then effectively and efficiently distributed out to the FareShare network. Once within the FareShare network, an army of volunteers would work through the stock before safely loading it onto FareShare vans for delivery into the communities they support.

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive at FareShare, said: “Thanks to the incredible generosity of Tesco, and hard work and support from Fowler Welch and LLD, we have been able to continue supporting thousands of charities and community groups working with some of the most vulnerable people across the UK. This is a prime example of organisations working together for the greater good, helping to get food to the people most in need during this difficult time.

“We are incredibly grateful for our longstanding partnership with Tesco – they have offered us phenomenal levels of support, particularly during the pandemic, when we saw the demand for food more than double.”

FareShare has worked with Tesco since 2012 to help alleviate poverty in the UK by ensuring surplus food within its supply chain is used to feed people and doesn’t end up as waste.