FOOD Waste Heroes in Redditch have helped to prevent more than five million meals from going to waste in the past year, thanks to a partnership between Tesco and Olio.
In August last year Tesco became the first supermarket to partner with the food sharing app, which provides unsold surplus food fit for consumption to people in the community and prevent it from being thrown away.
In the first full year of the partnership Olio’s network of more than 3,700 Food Waste Heroes across the UK helped to save 5.6m meals from Tesco stores, with more than 72,000 people able to put the food to good use for themselves, their families and others in their local communities.
In Redditch, Olio Food Waste Heroes have now shared 6,091 meals through the app.
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 120million meals of food to charities and community groups across the UK.