Feed it Back, a local network

We want to play our part in helping to tackle food poverty, by ensuring that our food surplus benefits the people that need it the most. That’s why we launched Feed it Back, our nationwide food surplus redistribution network , which connects all of our stores to good causes in their areas, such as charities and food banks. Not only does this enable each Lidl store to donate edible food surplus at a local level, it also helps to bring our store teams even closer to the communities they serve.

Working with our partner Neighbourly, we've directly connected each of our stores up and down the country to local charities, food banks, community cafes and soup kitchens, where our quality surplus is being put to good use every day.

FOOD DONATION BOXES

As part of our ‘Feed it Back’ scheme with our partner Neighbourly, we’ve rolled out food donation boxes across our stores nationwide. The next time you’re in store, you can donate food and groceries to help local community groups in need of supplies, including food banks, soup kitchens, community centres and more. The donated food will be put to good use every day, and will help make a difference to those in need during these challenging times. 

If you wish to donate groceries, keep an eye out for our donation boxes by the checkouts in store. 

We’re donating £100,000 to vulnerable communities

During these challenging times, we’re helping to put food on the table of those most affected by Covid-19, such as the elderly, and families who need help while schools are closed. According to government statistics, 3 million children are at risk of going hungry while they’re out of school, so we want to do our bit for those who are most vulnerable.

We’re pleased to say we’re donating £100,000 to our partnership with Neighbourly, as part of the Covid-19 Emergency Community Fund. We’ve worked with Neighbourly since 2017, and have already donated 5 million meals through our Feed it Back scheme.

Watch our video to find out more

The scheme launched in August 2017 and we’ve now connected all our stores across England, Scotland and Wales, to over 1,000 community causes that collect our surplus food throughout the week, for free. So far, we’ve donated the equivalent of over 4 million meals to our partner charities.

The scheme ensures that our surplus items, including fresh fruit and vegetables, and many daily essentials, are making a real difference locally, whilst at the same time allowing us to build strong community links.

See where our stores distribute food surplus locally.

How to get involved

Neighbourly provides a simple process for charities to register and receive food from their local Lidl store.

If you’re able to regularly collect surplus from us, you should join the Neighbourly platform and create a free page. To find out more, send an email to lidl@neighbourly.com or telephone 0117 422 0855. Your organisation will need a Level 2 (or equivalent) food hygiene certification, accredited within the past 2.5 years.