Morrisons to donate food

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A Peterhead supermarket has announced it is to donate unsold food to the town’s foodbank.

Morrison’s on the town’s Queen Street has come to an agreement with The Joseph Storehouse and Community Food Initiatives North East to distribute unsold food to the local community.

Representatives from the foodbank will be able to go along to the store and collect any 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.

The move follows a trial in 2015 in more than 100 Morrison’s stores in Yorkshire and the Northeast of England. This was extended to all stores during the early part of 2016 and involves building a network of community organisations who can make use of the food.

Commenting on the move, Sheena Irvine , Morrison’s Peterhead Community Champion, said: “We don’t like the idea of good food going to waste and this programme will ensure that we find a home for the small amount of unsold food in our stores.”

A spokesperson for The Joseph Storehouse, which is based in Apex in Broad Street, said: “We are extremely grateful to Morrisons Peterhead for choosing to give its unsold food which is passed its sell-by date to the Joseph Storehouse.

“The unsold food is distributed to our clients alongside their standard food pack contents. It makes a huge difference to people in need in Peterhead and the surrounding areas and is very much appreciated.”

Since opening in 2013, the Joseph Storehouse has distributed over 5,000 food packs to more than 600 households.