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Food Rescuers

The Tesco Foundation announces the third year of the grant program - „Food Rescuers“ in which it will support the 4 best projects aimed at actively supporting measures against food waste in Slovakia. The supported organizations will be decided by a commission composed of Tesco employees and experts dedicated to the fight against food waste, who will select four winning projects receiving grants of 10,000 euros each.

Applicants for the grant can submit their applications online through the application form. From all applications submitted by October 24, 2022 (inclusive), the committee will then select the four best projects based on the criteria listed in the document: Grant Call - Food Savers 3rd year.


Grant call - Food Rescuers 3rd edition (in SK language)
Grant call - Food Rescuers 3rd edition (in SK language) PDF 175KB

The second year of the grant program

Through the Tesco Foundation, we have already invested more than 300,000 euros in the fight against food waste in recent years, in cooperation with our long-standing partners as Živica, Free-Food, Ekotopfilm, Depaul and PBS, we have helped with the distribution of food surpluses, strengthening the infrastructure of the food bank, or they implemented a number of educational activities. However, we want to involve others in the fight against food waste. Therefore, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Tesco Foundation, we announced a new grant program „Food Rescuers“. In 2021, we realized its second year.

The goal of the grant program is to support the initiatives of other organizations that want to contribute to solving the problem of food waste. We decided to offer financial support to food rescuers and help them implement projects that bring sustainable change.

Non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools, kindergartens or contribution organizations that actively approach the reduction of food waste either through educational activities or practical examples of saving food before it becomes waste could apply.

Each of the 5 winning projects received 5,000 euros to implement their project. In addition, the jury decided to award four organizations a package of kitchen aids that will contribute to the proper processing and preservation of food.

The best projects were decided by a committee made up of Tesco employees and experts working in this field for a long time:

Katarína Pšenáková – Head of Communications & Campaigns, Tesco
Karina Jakešová –
Community operations manager CZ/SK, Tesco
Lucia Vicenová –
Campaign communication manager CE, Tesco
Petra Csefalvayová -
INCIEN - Institute of Circular Economics
Zlata Smolková – general director of the Food Industry and Trade Section, Ministry of Agriculture / Zuzana Benčúriková - Chief State Counselor, Department of Food Industry, Trade and Food Quality, Food Industry and Trade Section
Denisa Rášová -
Circular Slovakia

The commission awarded 5,000 euros each to the following projects:

Zero Waste canteen from the organization Free Food - Food for all (Free Food - Jedlo pre všetkých, o.z.)

The long-term goal of the Zero Waste canteen project is to draw attention to various aspects of food waste in the school catering sector. As part of the project, we offer a comprehensive solution for waste reduction in a catering facility that is measurable, sustainable and replicable. Our solution, or measures, we aim at both - the service providers (the school canteen and its staff) and the consumers themselves (primarily students, but teachers will not avoid education either). The project is intended for secondary schools. Thanks to the pilot project, which has been running since June / September at a Bratislava grammar school, we were able to create a methodology that we are also testing in the project - from questionnaires to measurement protocols to various measures. Unfortunately, from the measurement we found an alarming figure about the amount of food waste, while the causes are various and to a large extent systemic, and therefore reversible only at the level where policies and budgets are made. We would therefore like to collect more data and data through additional measurements that we feel are necessary in order to subsequently be able to better, more generally evaluate the overall situation and present this information to the competent institutions. A larger amount of data would also lead to the creation of a more detailed methodology for school facilities. Our motivation is change for the better.

Improvement of food rescuers in the Food Bank of Slovakia by the Food Bank of Slovakia (Potravinová banka Slovenska)

Through partner organizations and volunteers, the Food Bank of Slovakia (Potravinová banka Slovenska) saves more than 70 tons of food every week. We will be able to save a large part of it thanks to Tesco. All these volunteers of ours and those of our partners are real saviors of food. However, according to the experience of the last two years, we need to educate these rescuers more, show them how to effectively deal with food surpluses and generally increase their awareness of donations. We want to make them not only rescuers of food, but also ambassadors in the fight against food waste and ambassadors of donation. That´s why we decided to prepare a series of activities for them in the framework of informal education, which we believe will help them in this.

Social Impact Award from the civic association KOLABO

In our work, we often meet young people who are actively interested in changing the world around them. They are very sensitive to their surroundings, ecologically aware, courageous, creative, technologically savvy and full of ideas on how to contribute to positive social change. This change may concern various areas of life, including environmental protection. It is in this area that we perceive a great space for social innovation, and young people perceive it as well. They come to us with different ideas. They want to program apps, interactive cookbooks, and network communities. We perceive their potential, but also their limits. Unfortunately, the formal education system, as it is set up today, does not allow them to sufficiently develop their competencies necessary to transform an idea into functional products or services that would have the character of a social business, which would guarantee their sustainability. We want to help them realize these ideas of theirs, by supplementing their knowledge and skills through an educational program in which we will elaborate their ideas in detail together with them, jointly verify their functionality and, what is very important, also measure their real impact on the community. During 5 weekends, we will work intensively with dozens of young people in 5 Slovak cities, who will get the opportunity to give their idea a functional form. We will move the best of them into an intensive mentoring program, where they will further develop their ideas. The 4 most promising teams will receive a financial reward and the opportunity to be inspired by social innovators from around the world during the Social Impact Summit.

Let's give food a second chance (Dajme potravinám druhú šancu) from Philanthropy of the Michalovsko-Košice Eparchy

With the project, we would like to actively fulfill the strategic goals of the program of economic and social development of our region in terms of improving the quality of life of all citizens and in favor of the sustainable social and environmental development of the region through the construction of the technical and social infrastructure of the food distribution network, with which it is still possible to help socially dependent citizens, and thus fighting against their wastage and creating unnecessary waste from them if they meet the legal period of use. Tesco gives our organization the opportunity to ensure that food that it can no longer sell and that meets the legal expiration date: - does not end up in a landfill or in a processing plant (we did not create unnecessary waste - ecology) - we can distribute it free of charge to people who have no reason to buy it (social help) - you will show mercy and do a good deed - you will help many people around you who will be grateful for it.

Save the leftovers (Zachráň zvyšky) from the Center for Environmental and Ethical Education ŽIVICA

Recently, in cooperation with the Circular Slovakia platform, we published a podcast about food waste and its subsequent processing, which was also hosted by a representative of Tesco Slovakia. We found that people are completely unaware of how much food ends up in waste, why it is, what they can do about it and why it is necessary to compost the bio-waste that is generated. In the context of current developments with stricter climate and recycling goals, the topic of food waste and its processing is fundamental, but it resonates very weakly in the Slovak media space. Despite the fact that in Slovakia there was an obligation to collect kitchen organic waste, there was no noticeable debate in the public space about how this type of waste is created and how to properly dispose of it. In this project, we would like to change that. Through a comprehensive media series in the form of podcasts, articles, live streams and interactive infographics on Instagram, we will look at: where food waste is generated: households - what is most often thrown away and how to prevent it? (guests: Down to the last crumb, Free food), schools - milk in a tetra pack versus unpackaged snacks, how zero waste school canteens work, hospitals and other facilities - why is the food there often of such poor quality and how to change it? (Green canteen, innovative canteen managers, examples from Austria); Food stores - what do shops do with unsold food, how does the food bank work producers - how does the regenerative economy work, how do ugly vegetables sell, how do insects grow as food for the future; what to do with food waste when it is created, so that we can use it: how cities have taken up biowaste collection - an example of good practice from Slovakia and the world (Bratislava, Trenčín, Parma, San Francisco), how to compost at home - worms, bokashi, garden composter, why compost is good for the soil and the climate.


Grant call - Food Rescuers 2nd edition (in SK language)
Grant call - Food Rescuers 2nd edition (in SK language) PDF 164KB
Grant call - Food Rescuers 1st edition (in SK language)
Grant call - Food Rescuers 1st edition (in SK language) PDF 154KB