Charities and food banks are being invited to join a new national food re-distribution service.
Neighbourly Food has been created by social platform Neighbourly.com and aims to solve both ends of the surplus food distribution challenge.
To match food donations to causes, the service lets local charities, food banks and surplus recycling operations sign up for free to publicise their food requirements through the site. Businesses including retailers, supermarkets, grocers, manufacturers and food distributors also offer their surplus food resources on the site, showing what they have available, its location for collection and its expiry date.
Marks & Spencer has already signed up to the service to support its national food redistribution scheme following a six-store pilot. It will use Neighbourly Food to connect all its stores with local food charities and help it meet its target of reducing food waste by 20 per cent by 2020.
Luke McKeever, chief executive officer of Neighbourly said:
“With over 288,000 tonnes of food wasted in the UK every week, UK business needs to play its part and do a better job of getting surplus food to the people who need it. Our aim is to recruit more causes around the UK as well as more donating businesses. The more people participate, the more effective we can be.”
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