Tesco Ireland set to donate surplus food on Christmas Eve

Tesco has been designated one of Ireland's Great Places to Work
Tesco has been designated one of Ireland's Great Places to Work

Tesco Ireland is offering its local surplus food donations groups across the country the opportunity to receive surplus food from their local Tesco store on Christmas Eve.

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8 December 2017 | 0

This Christmas, working with FoodCloud, Tesco is making efforts to match up as many of its 149 stores as possible with existing partners who have volunteers available on Christmas Eve to ensure that no good food goes to waste.

What that means is over the 23rd and 24th December, all Tesco stores will offer surplus food to charity. The stores will close at 7pm on Christmas Eve and will re-open on St Stephens Day at 10am, and are likely to have surplus food that can be redistributed to support local communities over the Christmas period. This move is part of Tesco’s No Time for Waste initiative which aims to minimise food waste and increase surplus food donations at Tesco stores nationwide.

“We all know and recognise that Christmas can be a really tough time for some people, and we want to help as many people in need as possible,” says Christine Heffernan, director of Corporate Affairs. “Last year we donated really good quality products on Christmas Eve including turkeys, fresh fruit and vegetables which we know made a positive difference to those in need.

“This year we’re committed to ensuring that all of our surplus food will be available for collection on Christmas Eve,” Heffernan continues, “and our 260 local good causes are welcome to collect from their local Tesco store. Additional surplus food that is suitable for freezing will be frozen down and donated after the festive period. We’re really proud to be the first national retail partner of FoodCloud since 2014 and to date we have donated over 4 million meals to more than 260 community groups across Ireland.”

To find out more about Tesco No Time for Waste Campaign, visit Tesco.ie/notimeforwaste .

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