Pirate FM News 4 minute read

Tesco donates half a million meals across Cornwall

Tesco donates half a million meals across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:00pm 5th July 2020.

More than half a million meals of surplus food have been donated to vulnerable people across Cornwall.

Tesco has donated more than half a million (544,214) meals of surplus food in Cornwall, as the supermarket hit a milestone of 50 million meals being donated across the UK.

The food has been donated through the Community Food Connection scheme it operates with food redistribution charity FareShare.

Every Tesco store in the UK participates in the scheme, which is celebrating five years of helping communities across the country. Each month more than a million meals of food are donated. 

Since the start of the pandemic almost 700 new groups have signed up to receive food from the scheme, helping to respond to the needs of communities across the UK.

The scheme is the largest of its kind in the UK and believed to be the largest in Europe.

“We are delighted that Tesco has reached this milestone – donating the equivalent of 50 million meals is no mean feat and has gone such a long way in supporting thousands of charities and community groups up and down the country.

“The scheme is a real game-changer for organisations working with the vulnerable, allowing even more people to access good to eat food which would otherwise go to waste.”

FareShare’s Chief Executive, Lindsay Boswell

sparkle academy - tesco food donation

The scheme works by pairing charities and community groups with their local Tesco store. At the end of each day a store colleague works out which food is likely to be unsold and then uses a specially-developed app to tell a local charity or community group what food can be collected.

Across the UK 7,000 charities and community groups have benefitted from the scheme, with 228 groups currently receiving surplus food from Tesco stores in the South West.

Among the groups that receives donated food from the scheme is The Sparkle Academy in Helston.

The group supports local vulnerable families and individuals in Helston through local schools including Porthleven School and Helston Community College amongst others.

It empowers children to learn to cook from scratch and help each other by supporting events such as afternoon teas or dinners for socially remote groups such as OAPs or those in care homes.

During the Covid-19 pandemic food donations have been used to help people in great need of support.

“Pardon the pun, but FareShare really stepped up to the plate. They have enabled us to help those in immediate need, people who are self-employed and have been pushed into poverty due to this crisis.

"We have helped the vulnerable, the elderly and key workers, and have been supplying the children of key workers with fruit and cake at school.

“The support that Tesco have given to FareShare has really helped them to help us to make sure that the people we support have all that they need during these trying times.”

Leigh Yates, Chair at The Sparkle Academy

sparkle academy - tesco food donation

Community Food Connection is just one of the ways that Tesco is tackling the issue of food waste, and it has played a key part in ensuring that 77% of the surplus food from Tesco stores no longer goes to waste. 

“Tesco Community Food Connection has made a real difference to communities.

"Now that we are five years into the scheme the fact that we have donated 50m meals allows us to reflect on its success, and the difference the scheme has made not only in feeding people in communities across the UK but also to tackling climate change.

"However, there is more to do, and we are looking at how we can divert even more food from waste in future.”

Tesco UK CEO, Jason Tarry

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

A-level results day for thousands of students across Cornwall

Cornwall News: Summer exams were cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis so grades have been calculated differently

98 extra police officers recruited across Cornwall and Devon

Cornwall News: That is since last September, with plans for that number to reach 300

Newer articles

Covid-19: Cornwall publishes Local Outbreak Management Plan

Cornwall News: The document sets out how local outbreaks will be managed

Devon and Cornwall Police deal with 1,000 incidents on 'Super Saturday'

Cornwall News: Most were linked to antisocial behaviour and drink-related disorder

Older articles

Tens of thousands of eligible Cornwall women miss smear tests

Cornwall News: There are fears people are scared to make appointments because of coronavirus

More parents in Cornwall using government childcare scheme

Cornwall News: Tax-free childcare supports working families by topping up cash they pay into a pot

Most read

A man's body was found on the A30 at Launceston

Cornwall News: The road between the Pennygillam and Lifton junctions has reopened

A30 reopens following earlier incident

Cornwall News: The road was closed between the Pennygillam and Liftondown junctions