Unwanted supermarket stock finds a way to the people

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Unwanted supermarket stock finds a way to the people 

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A 20 year old Charlotte Danks from Newquays in Cornwall has opened a shop that sells unwanted supermarket stock. The shop is to assist cash-strapped shoppers who prefer not to visit foodbanks. Supermarkets offer their unwanted stock which may be reaching its sell-by date, has damaged packaging or incorrect labels. Ms Danks. The food she sells is “unfit” for supermarket market shelves and would otherwise end up in landfill.

Ensuring that no supermarket ever has to send anything to the landfill could help prevent food waste which has a huge carbon foot print. The big questions are: are supermarkets prepared to give away all that they send to the landfill? Will this not reduce their profitability? What about the stringent health and safety rules? Can Ms Danks model shop could be replicated in every community? So far, there has been great success in her shop and she plans to open two others in St. Austell and Penzance.

Beyond the Food Bank, a publication by Sustain  Reports that there a number of Londoners faced with food poverty as

  • Ten London boroughs no longer offer a meals on wheels service, which provides healthy meals for vulnerable and isolated older people at risk of malnutrition.
  • Some 1.5 million children nationally are currently disqualified from receiving because their parents receive tax credits to top up their low wage work. There are an estimated 220,000 London pupils living below the poverty line who are not enrolled in Free School Meals. That means 18%, or one in five London pupils, are at risk of hunger during the school day.
  • Over half a million children in London will struggle for food during school holidays.

In the light of these statistics, the replication of stores like Miss Danks’ across the country especially in London where the cost of living is high would be beneficial to many people. Some people are uncomfortable visiting food banks but shops like these would ensure that low income groups of people can obtain food at minimal prices.

 

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