Shoppers asked to leave food behind

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WHILE shoppers might normally be expected to take food away from a supermarket, customers at Sainsbury’s Horsham and Pulborough will soon be leaving food behind too.

The stores in Worthing Road, Horsham, and Stane Street, Pulborough, are taking part in a unique one day food collection on Saturday November 26, where customers will be asked to buy an extra item, which will then be delivered to local charities and community projects by the charity FareShare this Christmas.

FareShare is a national food charity that addresses hunger in the UK by redistributing quality surplus food from the food industry to people who need it across the country.

Retail and logistics director Roger Burnley said: “The food we donate to FareShare tends to be fresh produce as this has the shortest shelf life.

“However, to make a nutritious meal, you need more than just fresh food, which is why we would like to give customers the opportunity to donate food during this special day and help make a difference to causes across the UK.”

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, said: “Sainsbury’s has been involved with FareShare since the beginning, working with us to ensure that good food isn’t wasted. If food cannot be sold, but can be eaten, it should always go to people first.

“With this food drive, we have a fantastic opportunity to engage with individuals: Sainsbury’s customers will be able to support hungry people in a very tangible way and generally support a charity which offers a very practical solution to the issues of food waste and food poverty.”

Customers can choose from a variety of long-life items including tins (meat, fish, veg, fruit), dried pasta, rice, tea and instant coffee.

The items are purchased as normal at the checkout and left in the food collection point at the end of the checkout area.