Tesco Ireland donates 40 vans to charitable groups
Tesco Ireland has announced the donation of 40 grocery home service vans to charitable groups across the country, as part of its No Time for Waste campaign
5 January 2018
Tesco Ireland has donated 40 grocery home serrvice vans to charitable groups across the country, as part of its No Time for Waste campaign which aiming to minimise food waste and increase surplus food donations nationwide.
The first round of these donations is the donation of seven vans to FoodCloud. The vans will be used as part of FoodCloud’s Food Rescue Project which redistributes surplus food from Tesco stores to community groups that do not have access to transport in Dublin and Cork.
Groups that will benefit from the donations in the coming months include Dublin Simon Community, DaisyHouse, Linx Ballymun and many more.
“The donation of 40 vans is an evolution of our commitment to reducing food waste and ensuring those in need in our local communities receive nutritious food,” says Geoff Byrne, chief operating officer at Tesco Ireland. “Our surplus food donations programme has grown from strength to strength, from a one-store trial back in 2013 to donating almost 4.5 million meals with the support of FoodCloud.
“This donation of vans will help us redistribute even more food to people in need,” he said.
Aoibheann O’Brien, CEO of FoodCloud Hubs said the charity is delighted to recieve the vans from Tesco. “These vans are going to make a fantastic difference for the community groups we work with, who struggle to collect food due to transport issues,” she said. “This will mean that we can increase the food that these community groups receive and in turn enable them to have a reliable source of surplus food donations. ”
Tesco calls on new community groups who could benefit from receiving surplus food donations to register to become part of the surplus food donation programme via its website: Tesco.ie/notimeforwaste.