Community Food Connection

At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We have made a commitment that no food safe for human consumption will go to waste from our UK retail operations.

In the UK, we donate surplus food every day to local charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare.

The scheme works by linking local groups to our stores via an app, which lets the charities know of any surplus food available at the end of each day. Community groups can collect the food free of charge to turn into meals for those in need, from children at breakfast clubs, to vulnerable older people at community lunch clubs.

Following its launch in 2015, Community Food Connection is the biggest supermarket food redistribution scheme in the UK. All of our stores across the UK can participate in it, and together with meals donated from our distribution centres we’ve provided 60 million meals to more than 7,000 groups to date – which wouldn’t be possible without the support of colleagues from across the business.

If you know of a group that could benefit from the support of Community Food Connection, they can register their interest here.

Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver

For communities and local charities across the UK, the surplus food they receive through Community Food Connection provides much needed support. When we’ve asked community groups what more could we do to support them, one piece of feedback came back time and time again: how can Tesco help them make best use of their surplus food donations so nothing goes to waste?

Our solution: Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver. We brought together Jamie Oliver and Tesco food experts to develop a new training programme that would see us continue our journey in eliminating food waste.

The school launched in January 2019, and one year on, has celebrated its milestone of training 1,000 community cooks. Through the courses, the cooks were taught how to make the most of their food donations with specially-developed nutritious recipes.

The school was developed in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare, and through their ‘train-the-trainer’ model, the scheme has successfully given cooks in communities across the UK the skills and knowledge to make the most of every donation that arrives at their kitchen door.

Read more about Tesco Community Cookery School with Jamie Oliver training 1,000 cooks.