In the first nine months of 2023, Missão Continente donated 23.1 million euros in food and non-food products to social solidarity and animal support institutions across the country. In food surpluses alone, this support totalled 20 million euros, the equivalent of more than 5.8 million saved meals (5,839,908 meals). Between July and September, 1020 institutions benefited from this programme, thus avoiding tonnes of food waste during this time period.

In addition to regular donations to institutions, Missão Continente also makes food available to its employees for consumption in the MC’s stores and warehouses’ social areas.

Donated items are considered surplus when they lose their commercial character, but preserve all the necessary conditions for safe consumption, avoiding food waste in a circular economy logic. They include fresh products such as fruit, grocery, vegetables and bakery items, among other food items.

Food waste is a challenge in which Continente, as a retailer, plays a fundamental role. In addition to setting an example, the company encourages consumers, employees and suppliers to play an active role in this effort, which is everyone’s responsibility. Continente’s goal is to minimize the waste of any food that is ready to be consumed, speeding up the flow of products and avoiding tonnes of waste.

On this Missão Continente’s 20th anniversary, we reaffirm our commitment to social responsibility. The donations of 5.8 million meals highlight our active role in supporting the institutions we support throughout the year and that do fundamental work in each community. At the same time as we support local communities, we contribute to the awareness and reduction of food waste”, says Nádia Reis, Director of Communication and Social Responsibility at Continente.

This year, Missão Continente celebrates its 20th anniversary, and the work of reusing and redistributing surplus food dates back to 1994. Currently, all Continente stores have partnerships with various social solidarity and animal support institutions and donations take place daily, throughout the year.

Missão Continente represents all of Continente’s social responsibility initiatives, wanting to continue building a sustainable future by supporting local communities with a quick and proactive response to urgent situations; by reinforcing its transformative role among young people and by raising awareness and mobilizing them towards more conscious choices, towards a better world.


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