Tesco has partnered with food redistribution charity FareShare to donate fresh food to charities that would have otherwise gone to waste.
The supermarket will provide the equivalent to 7m meals a year to more than 1,000 charities across the UK with the help of existing partner FareShare.
The announcement came on World Food Day yesterday (16 Oct).
FareShare statistics revealed the charity is facing record levels of demand for food for organisations and food banks, and it is now providing food to more than 1,000 charities across the UK.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare – “For the first time ever we are supporting more than 1000 frontline charities in the UK. Our partnership with Tesco will enable us to provide even more high quality, nutritious food to some of the most vulnerable people in our society”
This represents a 15 percent increase in just six months, showing the charity is feeding more than 50,000 people daily.
Tesco will provide FareShare with fresh produce including chicken and other fruit and vegetables from its distribution centres and online grocery centres to help FareShare meet the demand.
This will amount to more than 2,300 tonnes – enough for 7m meals each year.
The partnership will result in FareShare helping the charities they support including homeless shelters, breakfast clubs for children and luncheon clubs for the elderly save an estimated £4m in the first year of the scheme.
More than 80 percent of these charities invest these savings into providing more support services for the people they help, such as counselling.
As well as diverting their fresh food, Tesco will provide further support by delivering the food directly to FareShare through the extensive Tesco distribution network.
Rebecca Shelley, Tesco Group Corporate Affairs Director said: “World Food Day is a timely reminder that food poverty is a growing problem in the UK and around the world. Our scale puts us in a unique position to make a difference, so we’re building on our relationship with FareShare and through them, we will be giving all our surplus fresh food to those who need it most. This will provide 7m meals for people in the UK and will also help us to tackle food waste.”
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare said: “For the first time ever we are supporting more than 1000 frontline charities in the UK. Our partnership with Tesco will enable us to provide even more high quality, nutritious food to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. It will also mean the charities we support will save millions of pounds on their food bill, which they can invest into providing additional support services for their beneficiaries, helping to get people back on their feet.”