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Food Waste

Surplus Food Donations

We've donated 4 million meals to hundreds of charitable groups across the country through our innovative surplus food donations programme in partnership with FoodCloud

Tesco Surplus Food Donations Programme

At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We believe that it’s simply not right that perfectly edible surplus food should go to waste when there are people in our communities who need it. That’s why we were the first retailer in Ireland to launch a national surplus food donations programme which has provided over 4 million meals to those in need to date.

In 2013, Tesco partnered with FoodCloud, an Irish social enterprise that links businesses who have too much food with those who need it most. Working with FoodCloud and over 260 local charitable groups we redistribute surplus food at the end of each day to families in need in our communities. This food is perfectly edible but because it is nearing the end of its use by date, it isn’t put on sale the following day. Donations usually comprise a mix of fresh fruit & veg, bakery, meat and more.

Working with existing partner groups we have enabled the charitable sector in Ireland to save over €5.8 million off their food bills to date as reported by FoodCloud, empowering them to invest into providing a greater level of support services in towns and cities nationwide.

We have more surplus food to give and are actively recruiting new charitable groups to work with, so if you’re interested in taking part please get in contact with us on foodwastemovement@tesco.ie or drop in to your local Tesco store.

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  • 4 million

    meals donated

  • Working with 270

    Charitable Groups

  • €5.8 million in savings

    for the charitable sector in Ireland reported by FoodCloud