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Tesco stores in Edinburgh launch food donation scheme

Monday, 07 March 2016

  • Edinburgh among first cities in the country to benefit from Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud, a service distributing unsold food from stores to those in need
  • Tesco and FareShare call out to charities and community groups across Edinburgh to register to benefit from the initiative
  • Exclusive cookery show held at the Vine Trust barge in Leith to demonstrate how to make the most of surplus food


Tesco and FareShare are calling out to charities and community groups across Edinburgh to register for an exciting new service which will see unsold food become meals for vulnerable people across the city.

As part of its ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud will recruit and support charities and community groups, linking them to Tesco stores with innovative technology that allows store teams to alert beneficiaries to surplus food items available at the end of each day.

To launch Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud in Edinburgh Tesco held an exclusive cookery demonstration at the Vine Trust barge in Leith on Monday 7 March. Hosted by a professional chef, the free event demonstrated how charities can make best use of surplus food from Tesco, offering recipe inspiration and tips on how to make the most of various ingredients.

Currently, the unsold food available will be fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.

FareShare FoodCloud is a partnership between UK food redistribution charity FareShare and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud.  FareShare centrally connects charities and community groups with their local Tesco stores after visiting them to check their ability to take the food. FoodCloud provides the technology for the app, which has now been incorporated into the standard operations of Tesco stores in Edinburgh.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s head of communications in Scotland, says: “No food that can be eaten should go to waste. We’re working hard to make sure that the unsold food is made the most of; we have great links with local charities and community groups, so we’re pleased to introduce another initiative that will support their efforts to help vulnerable people.”

Gillian Kynoch, head of FareShare in Scotland, says: “We are delighted to be offering our store level solution in partnership with Tesco who are demonstrating real leadership in tackling food surplus. FareShare FoodCloud is a natural extension of our work together. Our role as a trusted partner to the voluntary sector is really important to the charities and community groups we work with and we are excited to launch this new service with Tesco’s support.”

FareShare FoodCloud is the latest step in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food. The partnership spans over three years and includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcom centres. This has seen nine million meals made up of surplus food donated to over 2,200 charities and community groups across the UK.

Tesco’s seven stores in Edinburgh are among the first in the country to roll out the service, following a pilot in 14 stores which saw Tesco donate over 22 tonnes of food to more than 50 charities, the equivalent weight to over 50,000 meals.

For more information and to register for FareShare FoodCloud please visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud



Notes to editors:


FareShare is a unique charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by providing food to more than 2,200 local charities and community projects across the UK, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, women’s refuge centres and luncheon clubs for the older people, helping  to feed 194,650 people every week.

By working in partnership with the food industry, FareShare received 8,440 tonnes of food last year. The majority of this was surplus and would otherwise have gone to waste. This included fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy.

Last year FareShare redistributed enough food for 17.7 million meals.

FareShare’s member charities prepare and serve the food onsite, offering their beneficiaries a hot, nutritious meal when they may otherwise go without.


FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food with charities in their local community that need it through an innovative technology platform.

There are over 280 stores across Ireland and the UK now using the technology platform to donate to 380 local charities. FoodCloud has redistributed 895 tonnes of food, the equivalent of over 1.9 million meals to charities and community groups.

The unique solution developed by FoodCloud for store level surplus food is one of the first in Europe and has been successfully launched with Tesco Ireland on a national scale.