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Morrisons partners with FoodCycle to tackle food poverty

06 August 2015

FoodCycle is the first charity to benefit from back-of-store donations through the new partnership with Morrisons which was announced this month.

Supermarket Morrisons has partnered with national food charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.

Using surplus food from retailers, FoodCycle cooks free, healthy three-course meals in 20 volunteer-powered community Hubs across the UK. The charity supports and befriends vulnerable people in our towns and cities who are living in food poverty and at risk of social isolation.

The partnership will run between Morrisons stores and their local FoodCycle Hubs across the UK and will use back-of-store surplus food to make community lunches.

With FoodCycle projects serving over 112,000 meals from over 130,000kg of reclaimed surplus food in the last five years alone, the partnership between FoodCycle and Morrisons is another step towards FoodCycle’s aim to connect people in local communities up and down the country through sharing good food.

Mary McGrath, CEO of FoodCycle said, “it is fantastic that Morrisons is partnering with FoodCycle. The staff involved have been brilliant: committed to seeing perfectly fresh and tasty food go to good use. The partnership will allow us to expand our Hub projects, supporting even more people who are at risk of loneliness, isolation and hunger. With food poverty on the rise and the problem of food waste an ongoing issue, we know the need for FoodCycle exists more than ever.”

Martyn Jones, Group Corporate Services Director of Morrisons said, “Our colleagues work hard to minimise waste every day and we know that our customers really care about this too. Our partnership with FoodCycle will allow us to find a good home for the small amount of unsold or used food in stores and support FoodCycle’s great work in the community.”

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