Thursday 23 May 2019

Tesco launches ‘The Community Chill’ to help charitable groups receiving surplus food

Charitable groups can apply from today. Stock picture
Charitable groups can apply from today. Stock picture
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Tesco has invited applications from charities and community groups to receive its surplus foods and refrigerators to restore them.

The supermarket chain says no good food will go to waste in Tesco Ireland by 2020.

The chain's Community Chill campaign, which will 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.

Since 2014, Tesco has donated over four million meals of surplus food to more than 260 community groups across Ireland.

It has worked with FoodCloud - which takes food waste from supermarkets and donates to charities and community groups - to distribute surplus food.

Tesco Ireland and FoodCloud launched the ground-breaking partnership in July 2014 following a pilot programme in 18 stores which ran from October 2013 to February 2014.

“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,” Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment said.

“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.”

The FoodCloud app was set up by two young social entrepreneurs, Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O' Brien.

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.”

“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,” Andrew Yaxley, Tesco Ireland Chief Executive said.

“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

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