Volunteers using food-sharing app prevent more than 16,000 meals from going to waste in Milton Keynes

Local volunteers using OLIO, a food-sharing app, have prevented 16,765 meals from going to waste in the past year.

In August 2020, Tesco became the first supermarket to partner with OLIO, which provides unsold surplus food fit for consumption to people in the community. 

And in the first full year of the partnership, OLIO’s local network of 'Food Waste Heroes' saved food that people could then put to good use for themselves, their families and others in their communities.

The volunteers collect the food, upload the items onto the OLIO app, ready to be redistributed free to those living nearby and to community groups. OLIO app users can then pick items up from an agreed, contact-free collection point. 

Claire De Silva, Tesco 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 5 million surplus meals from going to waste nationally shows the strength of the partnership between our store colleagues and OLIO’s Food Waste Heroes.” 

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, added: “Our partnership with Tesco has been a huge success this year, and we’re incredibly proud to have delivered so many meals that would have otherwise been wasted to communities across the UK. Tesco has been a true pioneer.

“But our work is far from done. We hope this partnership encourages other businesses to follow suit and consider how they can take a more proactive approach to minimising waste and supporting communities. Just imagine what we could achieve if every business followed their lead.”