We are pleased to share the news that last night, Tesco’s food surplus redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud, won the ‘Sustainable Futures’ award at the prestigious 2016 IGD Awards.
These annual awards celebrate the latest commitments and innovations in the food and grocery industry. This award recognises the hard work our teams have done together in rolling out this scheme to Tesco stores, to tackle food waste and food poverty in the UK.
The scheme is delivered in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare and social enterprise FoodCloud and is currently live in over 800 Tesco stores. The scheme has donated over 1.4 million meals worth of surplus food to people in need to date, and over 3,000 local charities and community groups have signed up. These include homeless shelters, substance abuse rehabilitation services, after school clubs, foodbanks and many more. It is hoped that through this scheme people in need right across the UK will benefit from both our surplus food and the much-needed support and advice of these vital charities.
At Tesco we are committed that no good food will go to waste in our stores by the end of 2017. Community Food Connection is one of the ways we will make this a reality. A big thank you to everyone who has made this possible.
Tesco was the first retailer to publish its food waste data and to invest in and roll out FareShare FoodCloud to its stores. For more information on how we are reducing food waste from farm to fork, click here.