Morrisons is donating any of its unsold food to charities, as part of its aim to have effective, operational and sustainable partnerships in place across all of its stores.
UK food waste is estimated at around 10 million tonnes – 60% of which can be avoided. This has a value of over £17 billion a year, and is associated with around 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Morrisons started its unsold food programme to help reduce this figure.
A small amount of edible food, including fruit and vegetables, bakery items and longer life products, such as pasta, rice and tinned products, are not being sold and Morrisons hope that with this programme they will be ensuring that it goes to those who really need it.
Charities such as FoodCycle, City Harvest, YMCA, and Real Junk Food Project have been benefiting from the food donations. Since February 2016, 2.3 million products have been donated from the 440 stores involved in the initiative.
Laura Winningham, City Harvest CEO, said: “Unsold food pickups from Morrisons stores facilitate redistribution of more than 2 tonnes per week. Several stores call us for additional pickups. The nutritious food we pickup from Morrisons and deliver to charities around London results in more than 4,600 meals served to vulnerable people each week."