ASDA makes food bank pledge

ASDA has revealed a pledge to redistribute its wasted stock to the UK’s biggest food banks.
The supermarket said it would implement changes to the way it deals with food near to its sell-by-date so the products go to FareShare instead of the companies that provided it.
FareShare currently provides thousands of free meals a day and has seen a 26 per cent increase in usage of its services over the past 12 months.
ASDA supermarkets will provide the company with an extra 1,500 tonnes of food per year – increasing the amount of produce it can provide the disadvantaged by 41 per cent – enough for 3.6 million meals.
In addition to the fact that this move will keep thousands of people from going hungry, these changes will prevent tonnes of carbon emissions, as food will be diverted from the waste stream, which has a high impact on the environment.
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, said: “This initiative will mean we can provide more food to more charities and will enable us to feed even more people at a time of real need.”