Donate Unsold Food To Foodbanks + Registered Charities
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In 2013, 200,000 tonnes of food was disposed of by Asda, Co-operative Food, Morrisons, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. These supermarkets account for around 87% of the UK grocery market.
This food could be donated to those who need it most.
The number of people relying on foodbanks is on the increase, rather than relying on the public to donate to foodbanks, we would like to see supermarkets in Scotland automatically donate unsold food to foodbanks and charities.
In June this year Tesco CEO Dave Lewis wrote this blog post in Huffington Post where he says " It's shocking when you look at the numbers. Even though just 1% of food waste is from supermarkets, 55,400 tonnes of food was thrown away at Tesco stores in the past year. About 30,000 tonnes of that could have been eaten. That's equivalent to over 70million meals. It's simply a huge amount of food."
Morrisons has more than 60 stores in Scotland, wouldn't it be great if they signed up to commit to donating food to charities and foodbanks rather than sending it to landfill?
France’s parliament recently announced measures to tackle food waste by passing a law banning supermarkets from destroying unsold food. Read more in this article.
Please sign this petition and share it, so that supermarkets literally step up to the plate! We can then take steps with supermarkets to address this issue.
The supermarket groups across the UK should be publishing data on their food waste and offering up alternatives to dumping food which could be consumed.
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