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M&S launches online network for former staff

The network, called ’M&S Family’, will feature interviews with alumni colleagues and stories from former teams


How GroceryAid is helping workers get through the coronavirus crisis

Demand for support from GroceryAid has rocketed since the pandemic started – just as fundraising was hit. But it’s adapted, and risen to the challenge

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What the supermarkets are doing to tackle food poverty

During the first six months of the pandemic, 1.2 million food parcels distributed were distributed to vulnerable people in the UK and over 470k of them went to children

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How the food industry is fighting childhood hunger

It took a Manchester United footballer to force the government to extend free school meals during the pandemic. The food industry has been just as eager to help – but how much can it change by itself?

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Cook to donate 300,000 meals through its Kindness Fund

The Grocer understands the donated meals are likely to be worth more than £2m

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Waitrose trials donating surplus food directly from suppliers to vulnerable families

The donated food will be produce that falls outside standard industry specifications

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Jamie Oliver and Tesco launch online training for community cooks in lockdown

Online courses will be available for community chefs to help teach families simple, nutritious meal recipes

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Industry appeal launched to raise awareness of #GroceryAidDay

In the past year, applications for financial support have increased by 55% and the number of helpline calls has risen by 74%

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Rural convenience stores achieve £16bn in sales over past year

One in five rural customers have reported they depend on their local shop more than they did a year ago


Plans unveiled to double UK’s surplus food redistribution

Following talks between supermarket bosses, suppliers and redistribution charities, IGD and Wrap have launched plans for a new strategy to build a more collaborative system of using food surplus to help vulnerable families

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Asda to donate 150,000 meals to children for half term

The retailer will also extend its kids eat free deal for takeaways from its cafés


Asda donates £2m to boost apprenticeships in local communities

Companies in London, Leeds and Leicester will receive funding from the donation


Booths beefs up value of Healthy Start vouchers by £1.15

The retailer is topping up the value of the vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25 


Waitrose and Tesco donate van to community store delivering food to vulnerable people

The supermarkets have made the donation as part of their ongoing efforts to help combat food poverty

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Sainsbury’s top up of £2 biggest yet for Healthy Start Vouchers

The retailer joins Tesco, Waitrose, Co-op and Lidl in topping up the scheme


Morrisons gives schools 60,000 pizza making kits to fight hunger

Staff working on the retailer’s pizza counters will prepare the kits, which will be distributed via Morrisons Community Champions


Waitrose adds £1.50 to value of Healthy Start vouchers

Healthy Start vouchers are issued to pregnant women and families on low income with children under the age of four

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Asda announces online delivery priority for 5,000 nurseries

Asda said to would guarantee nurseries received priority access until the end of the summer

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Redistribution groups launch new national body to fight hunger and food waste

The Independent Food Redistribution Network (Xcess) said it would look to establish and develop national strategies

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Morrisons ramps up support for food banks with £5m commitment

Last year Morrisons delivered £10m of stock to food banks across the UK