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Local Linx project gets food boost from Tesco Ireland

Friday, 7th July, 2017 2:00pm
Local Linx project gets food boost from Tesco Ireland

Paula Cunningham, Manager at Linx Project Ballymun, receives surplus food donations from Tesco Ireland.

Local Linx project gets food boost from Tesco Ireland

Paula Cunningham, Manager at Linx Project Ballymun, receives surplus food donations from Tesco Ireland.

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A PROJECT in Ballymun is one of almost 60 charities and community groups in Dublin now benefiting from food donations from Tesco Ireland.

Tesco has redistributed over 624,000 meals to charities across the city since the launch of its pioneering surplus food donations programme in partnership with FoodCloud in July 2014.

The Linx Project in Ballymun is one of 59 groups registered and are actively benefitting from the programme on a daily basis. Tesco say their food donations have saved €851,000 for charities across the county, which are now spending significantly less on food for their service users.

Under the programme local causes including the Linx Project receive surplus food that is perfectly fit for human consumption but cannot be sold for a variety of reasons.

The food includes fresh produce that will not be sold the next day because its sell-by date is approaching or because of slightly damaged packaging.

By using dedicated technology in stores, Tesco staff can notify registered charities within the store catchment area when surplus food is available to be collected.

Paula Cunningham of
the Linx Project in Ballymun is evangelical about the benefits of Tesco’s innovative partnership with FoodCloud.

“We were able to hire a permanent chef, who has trained our other kitchen staff as a direct result of our relationship with Tesco,” she said.

“The Tesco food donation’s programme allows Linx to offer service users a wholesome meal each day. We get a lot of fruit, vegetables and meat – beef, as well as chicken and fish - and lots of bread.

“Anything we have left over goes into our food parcels so there is no waste.”

Linx provides 60 meals a day for its meals-on-wheels service and anther 20-30 for those who come to its drop-in centre.

A typical menu includes soup, followed by beef stroganoff with baby potatoes and vegetables, and cheesecake for dessert.

The centre is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Fridays, and tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day. It also provides invaluable support for those who avail of its services. 

On average, Tesco Ireland redistributes up to 40,000 meals every week to over 250 charities across the country. To date, over four million meals have been donated resulting in savings of over €5.6 million for good causes.

 Christine Heffernan, Director of Corporate Affairs, Tesco Ireland says the supermarket chain is working hard to tackle the issue of food waste across all of its 149 stores in Ireland.

“Even in the most efficient retail operations, there will inevitably be surplus food and we are proud to be making a valuable contribution to local communities enabling organisations to focus on the vital services they provide,” she said.

“We are proud to say that we have been able to donate over 624,000 meals to date making a real difference in communities across Dublin“.

To find out more about Tesco Ireland’s surplus food donation programme, pop in to any local Tesco store or sign up via emailing:
foodwastemovement@tesco.ie

Gemma Buckley, Chef at the Linx Project in Ballymun, uses surplus food from Tesco to prepare meals for their meals on wheels service

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