Our new Community and Partnerships strategy

Introducing our new community plan – to address food poverty by helping everyone eat better

In a year of unprecedented change, we know our customers are feeling the impact of inflation, and that how we support the communities we serve is more important than ever. Between August 2021 and January 2022, 5.7 million adults (10.8% of UK households) and over 2.5 million children experienced food insecurity1. As part of our better for everyone commitment, we believe that we should create a positive impact on the communities we serve and make healthy and sustainable food accessible to everyone. So, as part of our Plan for Better we’re launching our new community and partnerships strategy which aims to address food poverty by helping everyone eat better.

Our new community plan has two pillars:

•    Address current food poverty
•    Prevent future food insecurity

To help us achieve this we have invested £2 million into our Helping Everyone Eat Better grant scheme. We are also providing all of our stores with a £500 activation budget that will allow them to support projects and initiatives that prevent and tackle the root causes of food poverty in their local area.

All Sainsbury’s supermarkets now have a Community Champion in place and, for the first time, we’ve introduced 61 area Community Champions for convenience and Argos stores. Our Community Champion roles allow colleagues in stores to connect with their local communities and help everyone eat better. 

Our food donation partnerships not only help us to reduce our food waste, but also enable access to food for those that need it most. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and colleagues, long-life food is donated in all our stores to support the local food donation partners. Last year we partnered with Neighbourly, who help us manage our back of store food donation programme, meaning our stores are now connected to a network of over 17,000 charities, schools and community groups. So far, we have provided over 4 million meals to those affected most by food poverty. 

To take this a step further, we are also working with our communities to provide those most in need with improved access to food, and equipping them with the education and skills they need in order to eat better for themselves and for the planet.

We are encouraging all of you to have your own food redistributing partner to help mitigate the growing amount of food that goes to waste and to support the local communities you are a part of fight food insecurity.

Who are our approved food donation partners?

FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, taking good quality surplus food from across the food industry and sending it to more than 10,500 frontline charities and community groups. FareShare helped 10,542 charities and community groups in 2020 and 1,108,064 people were provided food.

General enquiries email: enquiries@fareshare.org.uk

Giving Food email: foodoffers@fareshare.org.uk

Company Shop Group redistributor of surplus food and household products. Surplus is either distributed to one of their community shops or activated where products that cannot be donated are used through company shop stores who sell the products and credit full value. Trusted by all major retailers in 2020 the Company Shop Group handled over 80 million items, including 28,073 tonnes of surplus.

Membership email: membership@companyshop.co.uk
Tel: 01226 747 121 (Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:30pm)

Surplus Enquiries email: surplus@companyshop.co.uk
Tel: 0800 211 84 84

HIS Church provide ethical, sustainable, charitable solutions for surplus food, clothes and supplies, including toys, personal hygiene products, household / domestic cleaning items and over the counter medicines. HIS possess a full transport and logistics infrastructure. HIS currently distribute over 200,000 meals a week, both directly and through a network of around 15,000 Charitable organisations who help people in need. These include Foodbanks, Homeless Outreaches, Children’s Charities, Cancer Support Charities, Women’s Aid Refuges, Refugee Support Charities, Schools and Football Club Community Trusts.

General enquiries email: enquiries@hischurch.org.uk

Giving Food email: hisfood@hischurch.org.uk

The Bread and Butter Thing focus on the relief of poverty premiums in low-income families working closely with different suppliers collecting donated surplus food. Then safely and effectively redistributing the surplus through their network of members, via our food hubs and partners.

General enquiries - hello@breadandbutterthing.org

Giving Food email - offers@breadandbutterthing.org

City Harvest London rescue quality surplus food from retailers and manufacturers delivering the free food to 350+ charities across greater London. City Harvest makes it simple for food businesses to donate their nutritious food to desperate people, eliminate surplus food collection costs and prevent climate change. With 22 million meals delivered and over 8,000 tonnes of surplus food rescued.

General enquiries: info@cityharvest.org.uk

Giving Food email: food@cityharvest.org.uk


The Felix Project is London's largest food redistribution charity. They rescue good food that cannot be sold and deliver it direct to almost 1000 charities and schools serving people in need. Their vision is a London where no one goes hungry and good food is never wasted. In 2020, The Felix Project delivered 21.1 million meals.

General enquiries: supply@thefelixproject.org

Giving food: supply@thefelixproject.org

These six organisations have met our internal review and have the right procedure in place to successfully manage food surplus redistribution. If you have any questions about this new approach, please discuss with your Sainsbury’s contact so we can work together to create the best plan of action. Furthermore, if you would like to request to work with a different redistribution partner, please contact community.affairs@sainsburys.co.uk.

We know that our suppliers are as passionate as we are when it comes to supporting our local communities. Moving forward we are looking for ways to engage and collaborate with you to maximise our positive impact on the communities we serve. Over the coming months we will be in contact with ways that our suppliers can get involved. 


1Food Insecurity Tracking | Food Foundation

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