Iceland has been working with Company Shop and its affiliate Community Shop for more than six years to repurpose surplus food from its depots and ensure that it is put to good use in the community. Last year the business donated 310 tonnes of food that would otherwise have been sent to animal feed or anaerobic digestion – enough to provide around 115,000 meals.
Company Shop is the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food and provides great offers to its members, who all work in the food manufacturing industry or the emergency services.
Community Shop is a social enterprise that operates in some of the most deprived areas of the UK and seeks to empower individuals and build stronger communities. Its members can not only shop for good food at great prices – easing the pressure on family budgets – but also gain access to professionally run personal development programmes to kick-start positive change in their own lives.
In 2018, Iceland also sponsored Community Shop’s Christmas lunch, providing a festive meal for 600 people across the UK in some of the country’s lowest income areas.