Community Chill campaign

Community Chill

No good food will go to waste in Tesco Ireland by 2020


Tesco launches ‘The Community Chill’ to help charitable groups countrywide

4 million meals of surplus food donated to local community groups to date

Dublin, 26th September 2017: Tesco Ireland today launched 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 food surplus programme in 2014, Tesco has donated over 4 million meals of surplus food to more than 260 community groups across Ireland.

Tesco also announced a commitment that no surplus food that’s suitable for human consumption will go to waste in its stores by 2020.  Last week, Tesco became the first retailer in Ireland to publish its food waste data which will provide the insight to help the company meet this target and support its food waste reduction agenda.

Speaking about the initiative and the company’s dedication to tackling food waste in its business, Andrew Yaxley, Tesco Ireland Chief Executive said; “At Tesco we believe that it’s simply not right that perfectly good surplus food should go to waste when there are people in our local communities who need it. That’s why we’ve set an ambitious target that no food that is suitable for human consumption will go to waste in our stores in Ireland by 2020.”

Working in partnership with over 260 charitable groups around the country and listening to their feedback we have identified that the charitable sector need a helping hand to increase their storage facilities so they can redistribute even more surplus food to those in need. So to support, we’re launching a new initiative to donate brand new fridges and freezers to groups who currently collect surplus food donations from us, or who want to sign up to take part.”

Charitable groups can apply from today on to receive a brand new fridge or freezer from a selection of refrigeration equipment that best suits their needs. The initiative is part of Tesco’s No Time for Waste strategy which aims to minimise food waste and increase surplus food donations at Tesco stores nationwide.

The 260 local groups already realising the benefits of Tesco’s surplus food donations include 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.

Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment welcomed the news: “Tesco has led the way in establishing a surplus food donations programme and today’s commitment that no surplus food that’s suitable for human consumption will be wasted by 2020 is very welcome.

“The launch of the Community Chill addresses the issue of storage capacity for hundreds of local groups. Tesco is also the first retailer in Ireland to recently publish its food waste data leading the industry on transparent food waste reporting at this level. I believe this is central to tackling the issue of food waste and it’s time for other businesses to follow suit.”

FoodCloud CEO Iseult Ward today said: “Tesco has been leading the charge in tackling food waste in the retail industry since 2013. At FoodCloud, we work with hundreds of charitable groups across Ireland everyday who tell us that they could really benefit from additional food donations but can’t due to the lack of storage facilities. Tesco’s Community Chill campaign is a great solution to overcome this issue and I encourage all local groups to contact Tesco to apply for a brand new fridge or freezer today.”

Tesco is proud to be a founding partner of FoodCloud since 2013 and continues to work closely with them to deliver its surplus food donations programme.  Donations are typically comprised of fresh fruit and veg, bakery and meat and Tesco donates on average the equivalent of over 40,000 meals per week.

Tesco is today calling for more charitable groups who could benefit from its surplus food donations to please get in contact with them at or by dropping into their local Tesco store.