We're teaming up with food charity The Bread and Butter Thing to redistribute good quality, in-date produce from seven of our distribution centres to help thousands of families.
The surplus food from our depots in Warrington, Lutterworth, Rochdale, Doncaster, Didcot, Washington and Grangemouth has helped The Bread and Butter Thing meet a huge increase in demand for its services in the last year.
Supporting those most in need, we've donated food equating to 534,848 meals. In April the charity experienced a 460% increase in need year-on-year due to the coronavirus pandemic and, in the following months to December, membership grew by 50% from 8,000 to 12,000 members with the charity providing 3.2m meals.
Karen Todd, Asda’s Zero Waste Manager, said: “We are really proud that through our partnership with TBBT we are able to help support so many families who are facing difficult times by providing surplus food, which not only provides much needed meals for those in need, but also helps us tackle food waste, something which our customers and colleagues are really passionate about.
"We continue to work hard to reduce our food waste and its through partnerships like these that we can ensure surplus food can be delivered to the communities where it is needed the most."
The Bread and Butter Thing's CEO Mark Game, says our support has made a big difference to their work.
He said: "We're enormously grateful for the support that Asda have given us this year with a whole variety of stock and supplies helping us to keep our growing number of members fed. We've now got over 12,000 members, 80% of whom used to skip meals to feed their families.
"By using TBBT's affordable food service we know that we're enabling people to eat better quality and healthier food and we couldn't do that without the help of our brilliant partner suppliers like Asda."
Since the start of the pandemic, the charity has opened 11 new hubs, taking it to 35 in total, including locations in Darlington and County Durham where its second warehouse opened in November. This growth will continue with 20 new hubs opening in early 2021, including its first in Hartlepool and further hubs in Oldham, Tameside, Durham and Darlington, taking it to over 50 hubs by the summer.