Tesco, the UK’s biggest grocer, is expanding a scheme which gives unsold food to charities from warehouses to include some local stores.
Leftover food from 10 of its UK stores will now also be available to local charities through the UK food redistribution charity FareShare.
Tesco said that of the 55,400 tonnes of food it threw away in the last year, 30,000 tonnes could have been eaten.
Tesco has been working with FareShare to donate surplus food since 2012.
Bakery items, fruit and vegetables, and convenience items such as sandwiches and salads make up most of the shop wastage.
It is trialling an app with FareShare and Republic of Ireland social enterprise Food Cloud, that will allow store managers to inform charities of the amount of surplus food held at the end of each day.
Beneficiaries will include homeless hostels, women’s refuges and children’s clubs.