We want to play our part in helping to tackle food poverty, by ensuring that our food surplus benefits the people that need it the most. That’s why we launched Feed it Back, our nationwide food surplus redistribution network , which connects all of our stores to good causes in their local areas, such as charities and food banks. Not only does this enable each Lidl store to donate edible food surplus at a local level, it also helps to bring our store teams even closer to the communities they serve.
Working with our partner Neighbourly, we've directly connected each of our stores up and down the country to local charities, food banks, community cafes and soup kitchens, where our quality surplus is being put to good use every day.
The scheme launched in August 2017 and we’ve now connected all our stores across England, Scotland and Wales, to over 1,000 community causes that collect our surplus food throughout the week, for free. So far, we’ve donated the equivalent of over 4 million meals to our partner charities.
The scheme ensures that our surplus items, including fresh fruit and vegetables, and many daily essentials, are making a real difference locally, whilst at the same time allowing us to build strong community links.
Neighbourly provides a simple process for charities to register and receive food from their local Lidl store.
If you’re able to regularly collect surplus from us, you should join the Neighbourly platform and create a free page. To find out more, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0117 422 0855. Your organisation will need a Level 2 (or equivalent) food hygiene certification, accredited within the past 2.5 years.