Petition to Have Supermarkets Donate Wasted Food to Needy, Over 100,000 Sigs
An online petition urging the Government to force supermarkets to distribute unsold food among the needy has been signed by more than 100,000 people.
The petition, started a week ago, was inspired by French proposals to force supermarkets to send their unwanted food to charity.
While calling for supermarkets to stop throwing unsold produce away, the petition also urges the introduction of a voluntary £2 payment to be added to all online orders to fund a delivery service to those who need the donated food.
By Tuesday night the petition had been signed by more than 109,000 people which would be enough on the government’s official petition website to trigger a Parliamentary debate.
It was posted on the 38 Degrees campaign website by Lizzie Swarf who urged: “Rather than wasting millions of pounds worth of food that is still usable, make supermarkets donate their leftover products that are still safe to eat, to food banks.”
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Citing the French experience she added: “Given that the UK is facing an ever-more worrying reliance on food banks, shouldn’t we be thinking along these lines too?
“Under the next 5 years of Conservative government, people will be encouraged to live an ever-more healthy life-style to reduce the pressure on the NHS. What better way to do this than to ensure the most needy have access to fresh fruit and vegetables and other basic essentials they currently can only class as a luxury if on benefits or a very low income?