Tesco to give all surplus food to charity
Tesco are going to be giving all their surplus food to charity, looking to deal with 5,000 local charities and the like, so they can stop their own wastage of food and help vulnerable people in the process. Looks like a win-win situation, if not before time.
According to Tesco, they had to throw away 55,400 tonnes of food last year, and 30,000 tonnes of that could have been eaten. If you want that in plates, that's around 70 MILLION meals for people.
Of course, all supermarkets should be doing this, as throwing away good food is a travesty, especially when some people really need it.
Tesco themselves are calling on their competitors to join in with the scheme, so an industry-wide platform can be created. This is all part of a nationwide plan, the Community Food Connection, which operates with the use of a digital platform called FareShare FoodCloud, which lets staff and charities deal with each other, in a bid to give out the surplus food.
Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said: "We believe no food that could be eaten should be wasted. That’s why we have committed that no surplus food should go to waste from our stores."
"We know it’s an issue our customers really care about, and wherever there’s surplus food at Tesco stores, we’re committed to donating it to local charities so we can help feed people in need. But we know the challenge is bigger than this and that’s why we've made a farm to fork commitment to reduce food waste upstream with our suppliers and in our own operations and downstream in our customers’ own homes."
FareShare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said: "We are delighted to be offering our store level solution in partnership with Tesco who are demonstrating real leadership in tackling food surplus."
"FareShare FoodCloud is a natural extension of our work together which has already provided nine million meals to help feed vulnerable people."
Of course, Morrisons announced that they'd be doing something similar back in November, donated their surplus food to local groups and charities.