Tesco has committed that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from their UK retail operations. So far, they have donated enough food to provide 29 million meals to nearly 7000 charities and community groups across the UK.
Jack’s aims to follow in their footsteps to donate as much surplus food as possible on a daily basis.
We start by working hard to minimise the surplus in our stores, for example by reducing-to-clear food close to its expiry date. However, if food cannot be sold, we offer it to charities and community groups who help feed people in need.
Our Community Food Connection programme, delivered in partnership with UK food redistribution charity FareShare, links our stores to local charities and community groups to ensure that no good food goes to waste.
Charities and community groups that offer food or meals to support their daily activities and want to benefit from Community Food Connection can register their interest here: FareShare Go
We donate our unsold food to local charities and community groups
Frequently asked questions about Community Food Connection at Jack’s
FareShare is the largest UK food redistribution charity, focused on fighting hunger by tackling food waste. In partnership with Tesco and Jack’s, FareShare has helped to develop Community Food Connection. FareShare provides the people power that ensures that charities are safely matched with a suitable store and that they are supported to get the most out of their store collections. FareShare works with FoodCloud to provide a very simple technology, meaning that charities receive text messages from their local Jack’s store to alert them to their donation/collection.
We wanted to make this really simple for charities and community groups; cutting down the legwork and amount of admin they need to go through. FareShare can centrally match the needs of the charities and community groups with the right Jack’s store.
The food is a mixture of items - typically it will be bakery products, fruit and vegetables and eggs. Sometimes stores will also be able to donate chilled products such as meat, cheese and yogurt.
Charities will be able take items marked with a "use by" date that can be frozen on the evening of its end date. FareShare will provide face to face training on how to do this safely.
Typically donations are 1-4 trays of food. Stores use the FareShare FoodCloud app to give a daily estimate to the charities so that they can decide whether they want to collect what’s available that evening.
The charities do not need to take all the surplus food – only what is useful for them.
It’s a real mixture. We are looking for not-for-profit organisations or community groups that offer food or meals to support their daily activities.
We need to ensure that all organisations are handling the food in an Environmental Health Office (EHO) registered premises. If the charities can’t immediately meet the requirements, FareShare can provide some support in getting them to the right standards.
As well as organisations providing meals, we can also donate to those that redistribute food; such as foodbanks. However, these organisations will only be permitted to take low-risk foods, like bakery and produce.
No, not strictly. The organisation doesn’t have to be a charity (within the legal meaning), but it does need to be a not-for-profit organisation or community group. This simply means that it is ‘charitable’ in its approach; such as a community project like a school breakfast club.
We are not asking customers to nominate their favourite charities to us directly. But we are hoping that customers with a direct link to a charity that might benefit will encourage them to apply.
Charities and community groups should approach FareShare FoodCloud to register their interest at FareShare Go