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Tesco Ireland offering surplus food donations from 151 stores on Christmas Eve

Tesco collaborates with FoodCloud & charitable partners to increase surplus food donations

Tesco & FoodCloud partnership reaches 7 million meals donated to community partners

The final countdown to Christmas is well underway and while most of us are dreaming of festive treats and all the Christmas dinner trimmings, it is a sad reality that for *1 in every 10 people living in Ireland, the option for Christmas dinner won’t be on the table. To support those experiencing food poverty, Tesco Ireland is offering surplus food donations from all of its 151 stores to their existing charitable partners that receive surplus food donations throughout the year.

Tesco is also working directly with existing charitable partners FoodCloud and local good causes in Dublin, Cork and Galway to make an even bigger difference on the ground as it works towards ensuring no good food goes to waste from its stores. Volunteers from FoodCloud, Dublin Simon Community, Cork Foyer and Cope Galway will be collecting surplus food donations including Christmas Turkeys, fresh fruit and vegetables from a number of Tesco stores on Christmas Eve, pooling them to make an even bigger impact for those in need.

This move is part of Tesco’s No Time for Waste initiative which aims to minimise food waste and increase surplus food donations from Tesco stores nationwide. Every week across the country Tesco donates on average the equivalent of over 40,000 meals for people in need.

Tesco is also proud to announce today that it has donated over 7 million meals supporting over 350 local community groups including family resource centres, soup kitchens, youth services, homeless organisations, meals on wheels and more. These donations have enabled the charitable sector to save over €8 million from their food bills to date, as reported by FoodCloud, empowering them to invest in much needed additional support services.

Commenting on the Christmas Eve donations, Lorraine Shiels, Head of CSR at Tesco Ireland, said: “We know that Christmas can be a tough time for some people and we want to help as many people in need as possible. With the help of FoodCloud, Dublin Simon, Cork Foyer & Cope Galway, we’re ensuring that as much of our surplus food as possible will be donated to those that need it most this Christmas.”

Speaking about the success of their partnership with Tesco, Iseult Ward, Co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud, said: ”We’re really proud of the positive effect our innovative partnership with Tesco continues to have. Since becoming the first retailer to launch a nationwide surplus food donations programme in 2014, we have worked together with Tesco to donate over 7 million meals to more than 350 community groups across Ireland- which is an incredible milestone to reach as we approach the end of 2018 and look forward to continuing to make a difference in 2019.”

Fionn Faherty, corporate partnerships manager, Dublin Simon Community also added: “On behalf of those who are relying on us each day, we are extremely grateful to be part of this initiative. The food items are a valuable part of our Food for Simon programme, which helps us to reduce the costs of running our services, leaving more money for where we need it most.”

To find out more about Tesco No Time for Waste Campaign visit Tesco.ie/notimeforwaste .