Morrisons & FoodCycle Partner To Tackle Food Waste

Supermarket chain Morrisons and charity FoodCycle have formed a partnership that will see surplus food waste redistributed from stores to benefit communities. 

FoodCycle is the first charity to benefit from back-of-store donations through the new partnership with Morrisons.

FoodCycle is a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

It runs over 20 projects across the UK, united by the simple idea that food waste and food poverty should not coexist.

Martyn Jones, Morrisons – “Our colleagues work hard to minimise waste every day and we know that our customers really care about this too”

The partnership will run between Morrisons stores and their local FoodCycle Hubs across the UK and will use back-of-store surplus food to make community lunches.

With FoodCycle projects serving over 112,000 meals from over 130,000kg of reclaimed surplus food in the last five years alone, the partnership between FoodCycle and Morrisons is another step towards FoodCycle’s aim to connect people in local communities up and down the country through sharing good food.

Mary McGrath, CEO of FoodCycle said, “It is fantastic that Morrisons is partnering with FoodCycle. The staff involved have been brilliant: committed to seeing perfectly fresh and tasty food go to good use.

“The partnership will allow us to expand our Hub projects, supporting even more people who are at risk of loneliness, isolation and hunger. With food poverty on the rise and the problem of food waste an ongoing issue, we know the need for FoodCycle exists more than ever.”

Martyn Jones, Group Corporate Services Director of Morrisons said: “Our colleagues work hard to minimise waste every day and we know that our customers really care about this too.

“Our partnership with FoodCycle will allow us to find a good home for the small amount of unsold or used food in stores and support FoodCycle’s great work in the community.”

Waste management company Veolia recently selected FoodCycle as its chosen charity partner. Under this new partnering scheme, Veolia is working with FoodCycle to help them achieve their three objectives: to reduce food waste, tackle social isolation and build communities.

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