This grocery megachain just fed 50,000 meals to people in need, and they're not done yet

Tesco to Expand Waste Food Scheme
Tesco to Expand Waste Food Scheme

Tesco, the UK super-giant grocery chain, is doing some major work in the realm of not letting food go to waste.

Back in June 2015, Tesco began an initiative to team up with an organization called FareShare in an effort to make use of unsellable groceries instead of merely disposing of them. "Unsellable" groceries include items past their "sell by" date, misshapen produce, etc.

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Dave Lewis, chief executive of Tesco called the initiative:

"...potentially the biggest single step we've taken to cut food waste, and we hope it marks the start of eliminating the need to throw away edible food in our stores."

Fortunately, it's done just that. Here's how.

FareShare is an organization that acts as a liaison between companies that need to dispose of unsellable yet edible food and those who are in need of food.

For the process to work, Tesco simply needs to take these groceries and organize them in to a specified bin that will later be picked up by a local soup kitchen, food bank or charity that FareShare connects them with.

Since last June, Tesco has been connected with Anfield Breckside Community Council, where free meals are served to the community three times a week. And it's all made possible thanks to Tesco and FareShare.

Over 50,000 meals have been served using the would-be disposed of food from Tesco since the grocery giant began partnering with FareShare.

In fact, Tesco is so thrilled with the results that they're expanding the program to all 800 of their locations in the UK.

When a process so streamlined can produce results of such magnitude, it's a win-win for everyone.

Says Lewis:

"One of the big benefits of the size of the business is that when we do something that is a positive step forward, it can be a big positive step forward."

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