FOR decades it has been one of modern society’s biggest travesties.
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of edible food is binned by supermarkets across Europe while the poor, homeless and vulnerable go hungry.
But now, as part of a UK-wide Morrisons initiative, Gibraltar’s own branch will be donating all of its unsold produce to local charities.
The aim is to end the waste of food that is past its sell-by date but still safe to eat.
Andrew Clappen, Group Corporate Services Director, said: “We don’t like the idea of good food going to waste and this programme will ensure we find a home for the small amount of unsold or used food in our stores.”
A spokesman for Morrisons confirmed to the Olive Press that the Gibraltar store will launch the scheme early in the new year.
“The store manager will get the details in the new year and he can then start to look at organisations in the local area which we can support,” said the spokesman.
Tinned food and packets as well as fresh fruit and vegetables will be donated, following successful trials in more than 100 stores in Yorkshire and the North East of England.
Gibraltar is home to Morrisons’ only store outside Great Britain, and since it arrived 21 years ago it has been a great success, despite the logistical challenges involved.
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