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We cooperate with more than 140 soup kitchens and other entities all over Spain to daily provide the products we withdraw from the sales shelves, but that may still be consumed: https://info.mercadona.es/es/actualidad/donaciones-de-alimentos/new-tag
Expired products that cannot be consumed are taken off the shelves and recycled, to give them other uses, such as energy generation or composting, among others.
In 2017 we donated 9,600 tonnes to food banks, soup kitchens and other social entities in Spain, and we collaborated with more than 140 soup kitchens.
On the other hand, we are also committed to working with Food Banks in the food collections, that have been carried out and are still ongoing, in cities all over Spain. We provide the volunteers with the use of our supermarkets as well as our logistic resources. Thanks to these specific campaigns, and to our Clients' generosity (they deserve the credit), we have gathered more than 6,000 tonnes of food in our centres.
We are proud of participating in these solidary actions, because it means real and effective help for those fellow citizens that are going through rough times. If you want more information, you can visit the Spanish Federation of Food Banks: https://www.fesbal.org/