Co-op accelerates food donation scheme with charity tie-up

Co-op accelerates food donation scheme with charity tie-up

Co-op has partnered with an environmental charity in an effort to accelerate its food donation scheme. The retailer teamed up with Hubbub to fast-track the expansion of community fridges across the UK. Community fridges are open to everyone in communities – without any need to be referred or having to prove eligibility – to share fresh food that would otherwise have gone to waste.


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The food is donated by businesses – with Co-op donating surplus food from its stores.
The scheme offers communities to learn new skills through activities such as cookery sessions and workshops on how to grow your own fruit and veg.
This new partnership, will see the existing Community Fridge Network increase to 250 community fridges over the next year, saving a further 6.8 million meals per year from going to waste.
The move builds on the success of the existing 150 fridges in the network, which redistribute an average of almost 6000 meals per fridge each month.
One of the first fridges of the new partnership has been opened this week in Failsworth, Greater Manchester at the Co-op Academy.
Following this, 15 new community fridges are set to open their doors this month, including one in Wythenshawe, South Manchester.
“Thanks to our members and customers, we’re delighted to be partnering with Hubbub on such an innovative scheme bringing communities together, empowering people towards community-led food solutions that will help to build community resilience,” Co-op group chief executive Steve ...

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