Tesco launches ‘Food Surplus Donation’
PETALING JAYA: Tesco Malaysia aims to expand its Community Food Surplus Donation programme nationwide by the first quarter of next year in which edible unsold food will be given to local charities.
In conjunction with the recent World Food Day, Tesco Malaysia announced the national rollout of its programme in partnership with Kechara Soup Kitchen and Food Aid Foundation yesterday.
“With today’s launch, the programme will be expanded across 24 of our hypermarkets in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Baru. Therefore, we will be committing to expand our programme across all 56 Tesco stores nationwide by the first quarter of 2017,” said chief executive officer Paul Ritchie.
“We are ready to take the lead in terms of the commitment and scale in which we are prepared to donate our surplus food to deserving charities,” he added.
Also present at the launch were Kechara Food Kitchen president Henry Ooi, Food Aid Foundation founder Rick Chee, and Selangor princess Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
The donation of baked and fresh produce will expand to other categories as the project rolls out. nationwide. – by Song Boon Mun