Tesco will provide the equivalent of seven million meals a year to more than 1,000 charities across the UK by strengthening its partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare.
The supermarket chain will be diverting all surplus fresh food from its distribution centres and online grocery centres to support FareShare. This will amount to more than 2,300 tonnes, enough for seven million meals each year. Tesco will provide FareShare with fresh produce including items such as chicken, peppers, apples and other fresh fruit and vegetables.
Tesco group corporate affairs director Rebecca Shelley said: “Our scale puts us in a unique position to make a difference, so we’re building on our relationship with FareShare and through them, we will be giving all our surplus fresh food to those who need it most.”
The partnership will result in FareShare helping the charities they support including homeless shelters, breakfast clubs for children and luncheon clubs for the elderly, save an estimated £4 million in the first year of the scheme. More than 80% of these charities invest these savings into providing more support services for the people they help, such as counselling.
FareShare ceo Lindsay Boswell said: “Our partnership with Tesco will enable us to provide even more high quality, nutritious food to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. It will also mean the charities we support will save millions of pounds on their food bill, which they can invest into providing additional support services for their beneficiaries, helping to get people back on their feet.”