Tesco finalises deal to give all surplus food to charity

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 14, 2016

Tesco sells a massive range of products from video games to kitchenware and cosmetics to food. It’s the latter product area that Tesco has seen a way to help charity in a new report, as the store just finalised a deal to send all of their surplus food to charities.

When you consider Tesco threw away over 55,000 tonnes of food in the last year and reports reveal around 30,000 tonnes could have given people 70 million meals, you can see a way to help those in need. This is exactly what Tesco plan to do by working with 5,000 local groups and charities.

Tesco finalises deal to give all surplus food to charity

Tesco Community Food Connection – This is the name of a pilot being rolled out to 14 stores at first and already generated around 22 tonnes of food. While there’s a lot more that can be done, this pilot supplied around 50,000 meals to date.

You can expect all stores to be covered by the end of 2017. Currently the pilot covers 15 regions and cities that includes Portsmouth, Southampton, Birmingham, and Manchester.

It makes sense that no food should be wasted if it can be eaten and this is the view of Tesco chief executive, Dave Lewis, as well. What’s your thoughts on the Tesco Community Food Connection project and do you think other stores should follow?

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