Morrisons to extend work with food redistribution charity
The Morrisons supermarket chain is extending its work with food redistribution charity The Bread and Butter Thing in which it provides quality food for families in need.
The move will also mean that the retailer will significantly reduce food waste in its food making operations and supply chain around the UK.
During 2021, Morrisons plans to redistribute surplus food to 30,000 families in need through The Bread and Butter Thing. After embarking on the partnership in 2016, the retailer has already provided two million meals to the charity’s members.
The food will come from a range of Morrisons food-making sites, distribution centres, and UK suppliers and will include fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, prepared food and bread.
To date, the partnership has enabled The Bread and Butter Thing to double its reach from its Greater Manchester origins. The charity opened a new warehouse in County Durham last November and is planning to expand its fleet of vans to 10 and have over 50 hubs operational across the north of England by mid 2021. Morrisons’ support will enable The Bread and Butter Thing to expand nationally to 100 locations by the start of 2022.
Morrisons has 18 of its own food making sites and six distribution centres. The retailer has pledged to reduce operational food waste by 50% by 2030.
Steven Butts, head of corporate responsibility at Morrisons, said: “Reducing food waste is important to our customers, colleagues and shareholders. We’ve made very strong progress in reducing waste in our supermarkets over many years. But there is still more to do behind the scenes and this extension of our partnership with The Bread and Butter Thing will mean that they can do even more for families around the UK while at the same time helping us further reduce wasted food.”
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