Thank you to all our customers who donated to our third Neighbourhood Food Collection in stores on 29/30 November and 1st December. Your donations, combined with our 30% top up, means that together we gave enough food to provide 4.3 million meals.
This means that since we held our first Neighbourhood Food Collection in December 2012, together we have donated a fantastic 10.2 million meals that all go to help FareShare and the Trussell Trust help feed people in need across the UK.
We work with two charities who are helping to feed people in need in local communities around the UK
The Trussell Trust
Trussell Trust foodbanks provide three days of emergency food to individuals and families in crisis. Frontline care professionals including doctors and social workers refer people who are facing hunger to the foodbank.
People visiting the foodbank are welcomed, listened to and signposted to agencies who are able to help resolve the underlying cause of the problem.
By donating food you can help support local people in crisis in a simple, practical way.
The Jack Hobbs centre is a community centre that offers a breakfast club and a holiday play-scheme for young people in south-east London.
Jennies, the centre manager, explains how FareShare is helping them to offer hot food more often. “Before, we used to offer a sandwich but now we can offer a cooked meal more regularly. A lot of the parents don’t have the time or money to cook a meal every night and we used to get complaints that we weren’t serving enough food to the kids. Now that we work with FareShare we can offer cooked food more often.”
FareShare and Jack Hobbs have only been working together for six weeks but Jennies is already starting to see the impact FareShare is having, both on the variety of food on offer and the savings they are making. “A lot of the children don’t get fresh fruit and veg at home so we introduce it to them here. A lot of it is alien to them but they’ll always give it a try. Now we are working with FareShare we can save [about 40%] of our food budget. All the core ingredients come from FareShare and we top it up with the remaining budget. The savings will now be reinvested in materials and equipment for the centre.”
At 3.30pm the kids arrive and they are all keen to talk about the food. Adil, 9, says: “I’m a fussy eater but I like all the fruit we get here, I don’t like the spinach though!” Lilly, 8, adds: “I like the chicken and rice and I also love melon. I definitely prefer the food here to the food we get at school!”
As well as providing a meal, the centre also gives the kids the opportunity to cook for themselves. The talk turns to the homemade pizzas they made last week and Adil seems particularly proud of his creation: “It was yummy, I made a pizza with tomatoes, cheese and chicken.” Carly, 6, is also keen to talk about her cooking: “I really liked making my pizzas. I put chicken and pepperoni on mine!”
Just before we leave, two other children are keen to show us the ‘restaurant’ they have created. They offer up imaginary dishes of fish, peas, rice, yoghurt and cereal, and it’s clear that FareShare food is also feeding their imaginations.
What we’re doing
This is how Tesco supports Neighbourhood Food Collection
Since December 2012, Tesco has held three Neighbourhood Food Collections in partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. During the collections customers are encouraged to pick up an extra item of food from the selected shopping list and donate it at the end of their shop. Tesco then topped up all donations by 30%. The latest collection on 29/30 November and 1st December was the biggest food collection in the UK collecting enough food for 4.3 million meals.
We are planning our next Neighbourhood Food Collection in December, but in the meantime foodbanks will be holding local collections in stores and we will continue to work to donate even more of our surplus food to FareShare.
Some of our stores will be collecting for their local foodbank, while others will be collecting for their regional FareShare depot. No matter where you donate, the food you give will go to helping people in need.
We offer a wide range of food to our customers every day, which means there is some surplus food that we have stocked but have not been able to sell. We try to minimise any waste by reducing to-clear foods close to their expiry date in store. If food cannot be sold, we offer it where possible to people in need by donating to charities.
We recently announced that we have strengthened our partnership with FareShare by providing them with the equivalent of seven million meals a year of surplus food which they will use to support over 1000 community groups across the UK.
We will be diverting all surplus fresh food from our distribution centres and online grocery centres to support FareShare. This will include fresh produce items such as chicken, peppers, apples and other fresh fruit and vegetables.
The top-up is calculated using an average valuation of £1.68/kg for all food donated by you. This valuation is calculated by looking up the items that make up a standard food parcel (as handed out by the charity) and checking the prices of these items in Tesco’s standard own-label range. The total weight of the box and total value of all the items inside are then used to reach the £1.68/kg valuation used. On the day of the collections, stores with Trussell Trust foodbanks will weigh all the food collected, calculate a total value (at £1.68/kg), of which 30% will be given by Tesco to the Trussell Trust (11105222). In stores that are collecting for FareShare, the food will be delivered back to FareShare’s local depots, where the food will be weighed. The total weight collected will be used to calculate a total value (based on the £1.68/kg valuation), of which 30% will be given by Tesco to FareShare (1100051).
The meals total is based on an initial estimated weight of food collected, as we will not have the final weights until several weeks after the collection. From the December collection we know that the average weight of a green tray of food is 10.2kg. We have recorded the total number of trays of food collected from 30 Extra, 30 Superstores, 30 Metros and 50 Express stores across the country. From this we have calculated the average number of trays collected in each of the formats. Dependent on the number of different format stores across the region we have used this to calculate a regional total. We have then multiplied this by 10.2 kilos to get the total weight. The charities have provided us with a figure of 420g = 1 meal. We use this to calculate the meals total across the region.
For example if 30 Metros have collected 3,000 trays, the average per store will be 100 trays of food. If there are then 50 Metros across London the total collected across Metros will be 5,000 trays. Therefore 5000 x 10.2 kg = 51,000kg, which is the equivalent of 121,429 meals.