Food for charities

Sainsburys store manager Steven Emmerson (left) with staff (left to right) Kelly Rumble, Dean Fisher and Katie Isle as they hold items for his charity basket. Picture By FRANK REID

Sainsburys store manager Steven Emmerson (left) with staff (left to right) Kelly Rumble, Dean Fisher and Katie Isle as they hold items for his charity basket. Picture By FRANK REID

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CHARITIES are being urged to shout up if they would be interested in receiving food donations.

Staff at Sainsbury’s, in Middle Warren, Hartlepool, want to send their surplus food to worthy causes throughout the area.

The store regularly ends up with perfectly good food that has reached its display date but it still within its use-by-date which ends up going to waste.

They are now encouraging charities to come forward if they would be interested in receiving the food donations.

Steve Emmerson, manager at the store in Mulberry Rise in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, said: “Donating our surplus food is a great way of supporting local charities and also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“Very often at the end of each day there is perfectly good food left over.

“Very often this can be fruit and vegetables, bread, milk and other foods that charities who house or look after people may have to purchase on a daily basis.

“We would much rather give this food to charities for free than see it go to waste so we are advocating linking up with a local charity to donate this surplus food to them.

Sainsbury’s has been involved in donating safe food to local charities since 1998.

Steve added: “We would urge any registered charitable group that provides meals for people who may be interested in receiving food donations to get in touch with the store as soon as possible.”

Interested charities should contact Katie Lisle, in writing, at Sainsbury’s Middle Warren, Mulberry Rise, Hartlepool, TS26 0BF.