Tesco’s Pembroke Dock Superstore has joined forces with food sharing app and social enterprise OLIO which is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to become Food Waste Heroes.
The OLIO app allows anyone who signs up to tackle the issue of food waste at a local level. OLIO Food Waste Heroes collect surplus food that might otherwise go to waste from supermarkets and other food businesses and share it with others locally for free via a contact-free pick-up.
Food Waste Heroes will be collecting surplus food from Tesco local stores taking part in the scheme, including the Tesco Pembroke Dock Superstore, and take it home ready to upload it to the app and share it with their community.
To reward them for taking part Food Waste Heroes are allowed to keep 10% of anything they collect to enjoy at home.
Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, said:
“People become a Food Waste Hero for many different reasons but they each share a commitment to reducing food waste at scale. It is extremely rewarding because distributing large quantities of surplus food via the app means you get to see exactly what food you are preventing from going to waste.
“In the process of sharing our FWHs also get to meet a lot of new people in their neighbourhood, people from all walks of life. Finally, FWHs are able to keep up to 10% of their haul for themselves, so they can enjoy some of the delicious rescued food too!”
OLIO is registered with the Food Standards Agency, which ensures that all food collected is safe for human consumption.
Paul Johns, Store Manager at Tesco Pembroke Dock encouraged people to get involved.
“At Tesco we are committed to tackling food waste and we already donate our store’s surplus food to local charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme with FareShare,” he said.
“But on some days local charities and community groups are unable to collect from us, and that is why we are supporting OLIO in the hunt for Food Waste Heroes across Pembrokeshire so that even more of our surplus food is eaten rather than wasted.”
To become a Food Waste Hero or find out more, visit https://olioex.com/get-involved/volunteer/