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Since launching Food Share in May, we’ve set up over 400 partnerships with local causes, and donated over half a million products.

We’re working towards our wider food waste ambition to halve food waste between farm and fork.

We’ll do this by;

  • reporting publically on edible food waste in our operations in 2019
  • partnering over half our Food stores with local charities through by 2020
  • working in partnership with our suppliers to reduce food waste in our supply chain
  • helping our customers to reduce food waste at home

But, to do this, we need your help to let more local causes know about Food Share.

If you’re a local cause looking for food donations, apply now coop.co.uk/foodshare

Sharing food with those in need, in Leeds

In Leeds, where I work, we’ve 9 Co-op Food stores have partnered with The Real Junk Food Project’s networks of partner charities, schools and “Pay As You Feel” ‘sharehouses’ (where customers pay what they can, with either money or time, to help cover the costs of intercepting and redistributing the food).

The Real Junk Food Project does such important work in and around Leeds, so we couldn’t be more delighted to be working with them.


How Food Share works

Many causes, like The Real Junk Food Project, are often inundated with bakery items and canned goods, but lacking in donations of fresh food needed to make nutritious meals and snacks.

We’re determined to call time on food waste and by giving these causes great quality, fresh and baked produce, we’re hoping to get delicious meals to those who need them most.


Food Share works well because it focuses on personal relationships between store managers, colleagues and the people who run many of the projects and causes who collect the unsold food. Before the relationship begins, we always meet with the causes to discuss the details and get to know each other. You can see a bit more about how this works in this short video.

How else Co-op reduced food waste

Food Share forms a part of our wider commitment which details how we want to collaborate with customers, suppliers and the industry to source, create and consume sustainably and with a difference. This includes tackling food waste issues. We’ve already been working with FareShare to redistribute food from our depots since 2013 and have so far provided enough food for more than three million meals.

Joe Scoot
Area Manager (Leeds)

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