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Morrisons is to redistribute surplus food to a further three projects as it extends its partnership with FoodCycle.

The new projects in Peterborough, Birmingham and Chester-le-Street, which all opened this spring, will receive donated spare food from local Morrisons stores. 

They will use this food to cook healthy, three-course meals for people living in poverty and isolation. 

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Morrisons, which has supported FoodCycle since 2013, already supplies five FoodCycle projects across the country. 

“FoodCycle is one of leading community partners for our food redistribution programme, which aims to find a good home for unsold food,” said Morrisons head of corporate responsibility Steve Butts.

“Across the Morrisons national programme in the last three months, our stores donated over 825,000 products to 400 community groups.”

Over the past seven years, FoodCycle has reclaimed more than 178,000kg of food that would have gone to waste and used this to cook 150,000 meals for vulnerable people. 

“With hunger, loneliness and isolation a huge problem for many people in our towns and cities, we’re so happy that Morrisons will be supporting us with more food to feed more hungry people,” said FoodCycle chief executive Mary McGrath. 

Peterborough is also one of the FoodCycle hubs that Sainsbury’s announced it would be supporting last month. It will now support a total of 14 sites run by the charity.

This article is part of our major Waste Not Want Not campaign, which you can read more about here.