Tesco has announced it will provide the equivalent of seven million meals a year to more than 1,000 charities across the UK by strengthening its partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare.
The retailer will divert all surplus fresh food from its distribution centres and online grocery centres to support the charity. This is expected to amount to more than 2,300 tonnes, enough for seven million meals annually.
The partnership will result in FareShare helping the charities it supports including homeless shelters, breakfast clubs for children and luncheon clubs for the elderly. The arrangement is expecxted to save the charities an estimated £4 million in the first year of the scheme, and it’s thought more than 80% of the savings will go towards providing more support services for the people the charities help.
As well as diverting its fresh food, Tesco will provide further support by delivering the food directly to FareShare through its extensive distribution network.