An innovative new project is working with Tesco to redistribute good quality surplus food to reduce the amount of good food that goes to waste and to support charities that are working to alleviate food poverty.

FareShare FoodCloud are looking for charities, not-for-profit organisations, community groups and schools in Cornwall who work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people who could use weekly donations of free, good quality food. These may be homeless hostels, lunch clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges or children’s breakfast or after school clubs. Towards the end of this month they will have Tesco stores in Penzance, Falmouth, St Austell and Newquay offering food on a daily basis.

So far the project has donated 3,000,000 meals to over 3500 voluntary organisations across the country.

The project works in the following way:

  1. The charity nominates the day(s) each week its available to collect surplus food from a designated Tesco convenience store.
  2. The evening before a collection they are notified via text what food is available for collection the next morning.
  3. The surplus food will be packaged and available for collection from the store the next morning.

For more information about the project and to register your interest, visit