Tesco Ireland set to donate surplus food to those in need on Christmas Eve
Tesco Ireland is offering its local surplus food donations groups across the country the opportunity to receive surplus food from their local Tesco store on Christmas Eve. This year, working with FoodCloud, Tesco is redoubling efforts to matchup as many of its 149 stores as possible with existing partners who have volunteers available on Christmas Eve to ensure that no good food goes to waste. This means that over the 23rd and 24th December all Tesco stores will offer surplus food to charity. All Tesco stores will close at 7pm on Christmas Eve and will re-open on St Stephen's Day at 10am, and are likely to have surplus food that can be redistributed to support local communities over the Christmas period. This move is part of Tesco’s No Time for Waste initiative which aims to minimise food waste and increase surplus food donations at Tesco stores nationwide.
Every week across the country Tesco donates on average the equivalent of over 40,000 meals. To date, more than 260 local community groups are already benefiting from Tesco’s surplus food donations 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 €5.8 million off their food bills to date, as reported by FoodCloud, empowering them to invest in additional support services across the country.
Christine Heffernan, Director of Corporate Affairs at Tesco Ireland, said: “We all know and recognise that Christmas can be a really tough time for some people and we want to help as many people in need as possible. Last year we donated really good quality products on Christmas Eve including Christmas Turkeys, fresh fruit and vegetables that we know made a positive difference to those in need. This year we’re committed to ensuring that all of our surplus food will be available for collection on Christmas Eve and our 260 local good causes are welcome to collect from their local Tesco store. Additional surplus food that is suitable for freezing will be frozen down and donated after the festive period. We’re really proud to be the first national retail partner of FoodCloud since 2014 and to date we have donated over 4million meals to more than 260 community groups across Ireland.”
To find out more about Tesco No Time for Waste Campaign visit Tesco.ie/notimeforwaste .
Notes to Editors:
- Tesco Ireland recently announced the launch of the Community Chill campaign, which provides funding for food related good causes to buy fridges and freezers so they can receive more surplus food donations to help people in need.
- The Community Chill aims to overcome one of the obstacles to local good causes taking more surplus food, which is their lack of storage facilities.
- Since becoming the first retailer to launch a nationwide surplus food donations programme in 2014, Tesco stores have donated over 4 million meals of surplus food to more than 260 community groups across Ireland.
- Tesco announced a commitment that no surplus food that’s suitable for human consumption will go to waste in its stores by 2020.
- In September 2017 Tesco became the first retailer in Ireland to publish its food waste data which provides the insight to help the company meet this target and support their food waste reduction agenda