Tesco store makes move as part of a pledge to cut food waste
No food that can be eaten should go to waste. We're really excited to start working on this initiative to make sure that any unsold food we have is made use of – Rachel Finn, head of community food programmes at Tesco
UNSOLD food from Tesco stores in Gerrards Cross and High Wycombe is set to be given away to charities and community groups to help vulnerable people eat.
As part of a pledge to cut food waste, Tesco’s community food connection programme is recruiting and supporting charities and then linking them to individual stores via an app, which allows Tesco teams to alert them of surplus unsold food at the end of each day.
The unsold food is then given away free and includes fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products, as well as meat, dairy and ready meals.
There have been 275,000 meals donated to people in need via the scheme to date, following a successful pilot in 14 stores last year and a national roll-out which began this March.
The plan is the result of a partnership bringing charity, social enterprise and commercial sectors together.
Rachel Finn, head of community food programmes at Tesco, said: “No food that can be eaten should go to waste.
“We’re really excited to start working on this initiative to ensure that any unsold food we have is made use of.
“We are looking forward to forging strong links with local charities and community groups in Gerrards Cross and High Wycombe, and to use this initiative to support their efforts to help vulnerable people in our community.”
If you would like to register your charity or community group for the scheme, then go to www. fareshare.org.uk/faresharefoodcloud to find out more.
Pledge: Tesco in Gerrards Cross