In 22 countries we cooperate with food service organizations and social institutions in order to avoid food waste in our stores, restaurants and warehouses as they collect leftover, consumable food and distribute it to the needy.
In Germany, we have been working together with the foodbank “Die Tafel” for over 20 years, 14 years as main sponsor. Every day, the local organisations collect food from all our 103 stores in Germany. In 2017/2018 METRO Germany donated food for about 8 Million meals that went to people in need.
METRO is active at European level too, where we support the European Federation of Food Banks (Fédération Européenne des Banques Alimentaires, FEBA). When emergencies arise, METRO also acts on its responsibility. For instance, we provide donations in kind for the local population when natural disasters occur.