M&S will send surplus food across the UK.

. Marks & Spencer announced plans to distribute thousands of tonnes of food surplus to UK charities. According to the company 150 its largest stores will have surplus food ready for distribution by December. The rollout to all M&S stores is planned for next spring. This is in line with the company’s goal to reduce food waste by 20% by 2020. M&S has partnered with Neighbourly to make this food distribution scheme possible. Neighbourly is a social networking site that links businesses and community projects. To receive food from M&S local stores, food charities can sign up for the Neighbourly site. Neighbourly founder Nick Davies said that “putting food resources to best use is an important aspect of creating sustainable planet”. Redistributed foods will include fruits, vegetables, breads, cakes, and grocery items about to expire. M&S claims that a single platform removes logistical obstacles to redistribution. This includes ensuring all registered people have proper charity and food hygiene credentials. It is important that charities have a way of identifying surplus food in their local area. This will help ensure that food gets to those who are most need and minimize waste.


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