Tesco Ireland & FoodCloud reach monumental 10 million meals donated across Ireland

Tesco Ireland & FoodCloud reach monumental 10 million meals donated across Ireland

Annual Christmas eve food donations from 151 stores nationwide receives additional boost

22nd December 2019: Tesco is proud to announce it has reached a monumental 10 million meals donated through its Tesco Surplus Food Donations programme, in partnership with FoodCloud. These 10 million meals have supported over 350 local community groups across Ireland, including family resource centres, soup kitchens, youth services, homeless organisations, meals on wheels and more.

This milestone 10 million meals announcement falls just ahead of Tesco’s annual Christmas eve surplus food donation drive.

As the final countdown to Christmas is now underway and while most of us are dreaming of festive treats and all the Christmas dinner trimmings, it is a sad reality that for the *1 in every 11 people living in poverty in Ireland, the option for Christmas dinner won’t be on the table. To support those experiencing food poverty, Tesco is again this year offering surplus food donations from all of its 151 stores nationwide to existing charitable partners that receive surplus food donations daily throughout the year*.

Ahead of Christmas Eve, FoodCloud has organised volunteers from over 75 causes nationwide including Cheeverstown House (Dublin), Cope Galway and Saint Vincent de Paul Ballina who will collect donations from Tesco stores and redistribute them to those in need in time for Christmas day. Each cause will receive surplus food donations including products such as Christmas turkeys and hams, seasonal vegetables and fruit, fresh baked goods and more.

To ensure as much surplus food donations as possible make their way to worthy causes on time for Christmas day, FoodCloud’s Dublin and Cork Rescue Projects will also run on Christmas eve, powered by vans donated by Tesco. Individual volunteers will man the donated Tesco GHS vans and collect food donations from stores in both cities, dropping them directly to the many worthy causes in time for redistribution to families and those in need on Christmas Eve.

This week Tesco Ireland also donated seven decommissioned Grocery Home Shopping vans to FoodCloud, fully replacing a fleet donated to them in 2017. This fleet of vans assists FoodCloud in its life-changing work to reduce food poverty across Ireland.

Commenting on the momentous milestone and ahead of the Christmas Eve donations, Kari Daniels, CEO Tesco Ireland, said: At Tesco, we have no time for waste. We believe it’s simply not right that perfectly edible surplus food should go to waste when there are people in our communities who need it. We are proud to have been the first Irish retailer to launch a national surplus food donations programme with FoodCloud, working together to achieve a common goal that no good food goes to waste. Today, our partnership with FoodCloud celebrates a monumental milestone of reaching over 10 million meals donated to more than 350 community groups across Ireland, since 2014.

This milestone has surpassed all expectations but shows what a difference we can make when we come together to work towards a better future. It also comes at a distinct time of year as we approach Christmas and are reminded of those who find this time of year especially difficult. To help those who struggle, with the help of FoodCloud, 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, Aoibheann O’Brien, Co-founder of FoodCloud, said: "FoodCloud’s first ever store trial took place with one Tesco Ireland store back in October 2013. FoodCloud had six charity-partners at that time. The idea that this partnership would reach a milestone of the equivalent of 10 million meals was unimaginable! 

The impact that Tesco have had through their food donations programme has been transformative. Not only in supporting over 350 charitable causes in communities all over Ireland, but in connecting people through food - be it through their colleagues, their customers, their charity partner contacts and the many volunteers who support to make the donations possible every single day. To everyone at Tesco, on behalf of FoodCloud and our charity partners all over Ireland we want to say an enormous thank you!"

The 10 million meals donated has saved 4,236 tonnes of perfectly edible food from waste. In monetary terms, these donations have an estimated food value of over €12,708,874, allowing charitable causes to save on costs associated with their food bills to invest in much needed additional support services. The knock-on effects of these donations have also had positive benefits from an environmental impact perspective; by redistributing this food instead of wasting it, Tesco has saved 13,514,436kgs of carbon; the equivalent amount of CO2 emissions generated from 1,460 homes’ energy use for just one year.

Tesco Ireland’s Christmas eve surplus food donations will be offered from all of its 151 stores to over 75 worthy causes, delivering food to those in need nationwide in time for Christmas day.