Giving food to those in need
Wherever we operate, we also work closely with food banks and local charities to help feed people in need in local communities.
Our food redistribution programmes in the UK and Ireland, working with FareShare and FoodCloud, use an innovative app to connect our stores with local organisations that can make best use of their surplus food. In Central Europe we have developed long-term strategic partnerships with national food banks. To date we have donated over 29 million meals to feed people in need via our food surplus redistribution programme and our annual Food Collection in our stores. In Asia we work with a range of partners, to ensure that our surplus food reaches people in need.
Community Food Connection - UK
We work with FareShare to donate surplus food from our stores. Through Community Food Connection, Tesco colleagues can inform local charities how much surplus food they have at the end of each day by using the FareShare FoodCloud app. The charity picks it up free of charge and turns it into meals for those in need. Through Community Food Connection we have donated over 24 million meals to over 6,600 charities and organisations
Central Europe Food Donations
We have expanded our food redistribution programmes internationally, and we currently have over 500 stores across Central Europe offering surplus food to local food banks and charities. By 2020 all Tesco stores in Central Europe will offer surplus food that is fit for human consumption to food banks and local charities, to feed people in need.
Republic of Ireland
In Ireland we work with FoodCloud which sees surplus food from Tesco's 149 stores redistributed to charities and community groups through the use of FoodCloud's App. To date the programme has provided over 4 million meals to those in need.
In Malaysia, we are trialling a new food surplus donation app similar to our FareShare FoodCloud platform in the UK. We have committed to offer surplus for donation from all Central European stores by 2020, all Malaysian Hypermarkets by the end of 2017/18 and Hypermarkets in Bangkok by the end of 2018.
Our Food Collection is part of Tesco’s ongoing effort to encourage customers to donate long-life food to charity. We partner with two charities – The Trussell Trust and FareShare – who support a wide range of people across the UK who find themselves in desperate need of support.