Neighbourly – fighting food waste
We are proud to be partnering with Neighbourly, the award-winning social platform, to launch our first national food redistribution programme.
The programme is aimed at ensuring local charity projects can benefit from our quality food surplus, matching Lidl stores to charities within a five-mile radius who could make good use of surplus food.
These charities, from elderly day care centres to housing support projects and shelters, will collect quality produce from stores each day, bringing our store staff closer to their local communities.
Adam Doncaster, a volunteer at Central Community Centre, one of the first organisations to participate, said: ‘The initiative is having a great effect on our canteen. It is helping us with ingredients, so we are saving money on purchasing. We are so grateful and have put a sign up in the centre ensuring that people are aware of the input Lidl is having on their community centre.”
Recognising that many charities don’t have the capacity to deal with increased levels of food surplus we have become the first retailer to sign up to Neighbourly’s #FundaFridge campaign. Through this we aim to donate 100 fridges to participating charities who might otherwise struggle to store and keep fresh food donations.
We aim to have 100 Lidl stores participating by June 2017, and are committed to introducing the programme into all stores by the following year. Donations on this scale could help to fund up to two million meals for charities every single year, as well taking important steps to tackle food poverty in the communities surrounding our stores.