Tesco launches ‘Food Sur­plus Dona­tion’

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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

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