Morrisons is to donate unsold edible food from its stores to local community organisations.
The scheme is to be rolled out across its 500 supermarkets by early 2016 following a trial in over 100 stores in Yorkshire and the North East.
Local community organisations will be able come to the stores and collect food that would previously have been wasted during the week. This includes fresh fruit and vegetables as well as products such as tins and packets.
“We don’t like the idea of good food going to waste and this programme will ensure we find a home for the small amount of unsold or used food in our stores,” said Morrisons group corporate services director Andrew Clappen.
FoodCycle, one of the recipient organisations, has 10 hubs near Morrisons stores.
“This will allow us to feed more people who are at risk of loneliness, isolation and hunger and we would urge other organisations to take part,” said FoodCycle CEO Mary McGrath.
Morrisons said it already minimises the level of edible waste through measures such as discounting food before it can no longer be sold, or using it in its own staff canteens. Its food waste is currently used to produce energy rather than going to landfill.