Tesco has announced that due to its new partnership with food sharing app Olio, more than five million meals have been saved from going to waste in the past year.
In August last year Tesco became the first supermarket to partner with Olio to provide unsold surplus food fit for consumption to people in the community and prevent it from going to waste.
In the first full year of the partnership 5.6 million meals from Tesco stores were saved from being wasted, with more than 72,000 people benefitting from the food.
The partnership builds on Tesco’s existing food surplus donations programme, including its Community Food Connection scheme with FareShare.
That scheme, which has been running since 2016, has provided more than 120 million meals of food to charities and community groups across the UK.
Claire De Silva, head of communities, said: “Tesco is committed to tackling food waste and we were confident our partnership with Olio would help with that, but its impact has exceeded all our expectations.
“For our partnership to have diverted more than five million surplus meals from going to waste in its first year is a huge achievement and shows the strength of the partnership between our store colleagues and Olio’s Food Waste Heroes.”