Tesco Wicklow is calling for local community organisations and support groups to sign up to their surplus food donations programme powered by FoodCloud. As part of this programme, local organisations can receive perfectly edible, quality surplus food that otherwise would go to waste at the end of each day in store.
Hundreds of good causes across the country are putting this surplus food to great use every day in innovative ways from hosting cookery lessons, to providing school children with breakfast or delivering food to army veterans in need. Charities that have benefited to date range from local community centres, breakfast clubs, addiction rehabilitation services, homelessness charities, women’s refuges, elderly support centres, children and youth organisations, to name but a few.
Using the FoodCloud application, Tesco store colleagues notify charities, by uploading a description of the food items available for collection. Typical food items donated by Tesco Ireland include meat, bread, chilled convenience foods, milk, dairy and fresh fruit and vegetables.
As the first retailer to partner with FoodCloud back in 2014, Tesco Ireland’s innovative surplus food donations programme has redistributed over 2.6 million meals to over 250 charities and support groups. The partnership has gone from strength to strength donating over 40,000 meals a week nationwide.
Commenting on the programme, Brian Kenny, Store Manager in Tesco Wicklow says: “Even in the most efficient retail operations, there will inevitably be surplus food and we are thrilled to be making a valuable contribution to local communities enabling organisations to focus on the vital services they provide. We encourage any community groups from across Wicklow that think they can benefit from receiving surplus food to get involved today by dropping in to our Wicklow store.”
Tesco is encouraging any charity or local community group from across Wicklow that could benefit from receiving surplus quality food products to get involved, organisations can find out more by popping into their local Tesco Store or signing up on food.cloud