Co-op is teaming up with Deliveroo to launch a new initiative which will deliver surplus food to foodbanks and frontline charities across the UK.
Deliveroo will collect surplus food from Co-op and high street coffee giant Pret A Manger, then distribute it to a range of charities and organisations aimed at tackling food poverty.
Eleven Co-op stores across London began donating surplus food this week, which will be delivered to schools, youth organisations, food banks and COVID-19 emergency food hubs.
Co-op says it will expand the number of stores taking part in the initiative, which also sees food delivered to redistribution companies FareShare and Felix Project, over the coming weeks.
FareShare is also helping distribute hundreds of thousands of food donations received from people across the UK as part of the initiative.
Deliveroo, Co-op and FareShare are all part of footballer Marcus Rashford’s Child Food Poverty Taskforce, which is working to help expand access to free school meals and provide free food throughout the school holidays for disadvantaged children.