Food Waste Heroes in Saltcoats have helped to prevent more than five million meals from going to waste in the past year, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between Tesco and Olio. 

In August last year Tesco became the first supermarket to partner with the food sharing app, which provides unsold surplus food fit for consumption to people in the community and prevent it from being thrown away.  In the first full year of the partnership Olio’s network of more than 3,700 Food Waste Heroes across the UK helped to save 5.6m meals from Tesco stores, with more than 72,000 people able to put the food to good use for themselves, their families and others.

In Saltcoats, Olio Food Waste Heroes have now shared 15,239 meals through the app.

Tesco Head of Communities, Claire De Silva said: “Tesco is committed to tackling food waste and we were confident our partnership with OLIO would help with that, but its impact has exceeded all our expectations. 

“For our partnership to have diverted more than five million surplus meals from going to waste shows the strength of the partnership between our stores and OLIO’s Food Waste Heroes.”