14 September 2015 - Janet Bird
Thousands of tonnes of food left unsold in Co-Op stores will be used to feed the needy through a new partnership between the retailer and charity FareShare.
The deal reached between the Co-Op and the food charity means that perfectly good food which would normally go to waste if not bought, will instead be diverted to breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children, women's refuges and homeless hostels.
A trial in the Co-Op's Castlewood depot, Derbyshire, saw over 32 tonnes of food redistributed in just ten weeks. In 2016, it is estimated that over 500 tonnes of food could be donated through the partnership.
The Co-Op is following the example set by Tesco, the first major supermarket to team up with FareShare, which last year used 7,493 tonnes of unsold food that would previously have gone to waste to make 16.2 million meals for those in need.