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Morrisons to donate surplus food to charity

FoodCycle is partnering with Morrisons to take the supermarket giant’s surplus food to provide lunches for the under-privileged.

The initiative is the latest by the charity which, in the last five years, has served more than 112,000 meals using 130,000kg of reclaimed surplus food.

Mary McGrath, FoodCycle’s chief executive, said: “The [Morrisons] staff involved have been brilliant: committed to seeing perfectly fresh and tasty food go to good use.

“With food poverty on the rise and the problem of food waste an ongoing issue, we know the need for FoodCycle exists more than ever.”

Martyn Jones, Morrisons’ corporate services director said: “Our colleagues work hard to minimise waste every day and we know that our customers really care about this too.

“Our partnership with FoodCycle will allow us to find a good home for the small amount of unsold or used food in stores and support FoodCycle’s great work in the community.”

Wrap conducted a trial last year in partnership with Foodcycle that showed how supermarkets could redistribute surplus food to charitable organisations.

The charity Fareshare is involved in a pilot at the Tesco Extra store at Surrey Quays to recover unsold food.

Supermarket managers will use an app to alert charities daily about surplus food. The charity then confirms it wants the food and picks it up free from the store. If the pilot is successful, there will be a wider trial in four cities.

According to the British Retail Consortium, the UK’s seven major supermarkets contributed to 1.3% of all food waste in 2013.

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