More than 24,000 meals have been donated to charities and community groups thanks to an app launched by Waitrose & Partners.
The FareShare FoodCloud app has helped ensure those meals, worth more than £30,000, have been donated to people across the Channel Islands.
The app makes it easier for stores to let charities and community organisations know of surplus goods. Waitrose input details of available food items into the app and connected charities and organisations receive an alert when the items are ready for collection.
Paula Protheroe, Branch Manager at Waitrose & Partners Admiral Park, said: “The app has made a fantastic difference in helping our shops strengthen relationships with local groups and charities to provide surplus food to a wide range of people who need it.”
FareShare ensures all Waitrose surplus food goes to organisations that can safely collect, store and prepare food for those in need.
Sunshine Nursery, the Guernsey Welfare Service, Little Learners Day Nursery, Les Voies School and Little Angels Preschool are some of the community groups and charities that have collected products from Waitrose Admiral Park and Waitrose Rohais in Guernsey.
The Guernsey Welfare Service operates the largest foodbank in Guernsey for islanders in financial need. Sue Le Friec, Welfare Manager, said: “The Guernsey Welfare Service is delighted to partner with Waitrose to help alleviate food waste on the island. We have received some fantastic donations and clients are delighted that we are able to offer fresh produce alongside the foodbank tins and packets – sometimes it enables people to try new products that they haven’t eaten before. We have 12 amazing volunteers who regularly collect the food and bring it to our office for distribution – using the app is a simple and efficient way of communicating with the stores.”
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