Government Should Force Supermarkets To Give Unsold Food To The Needy

Government Should Force Supermarkets To Give Unsold Food To The Needy

An online petition, started a week ago, was inspired by French proposals to force supermarkets to send their unsold food to charity.

Already signed by more than 100,000 people the petition urges the Government to force supermarkets to distribute unsold food among the needy.

The Independent reports: While calling for supermarkets to stop throwing unsold produce away, the petition also urges the introduction of a voluntary £2 payment to be added to all online orders to fund a delivery service to those who need the donated food.

By Tuesday night the petition had been signed by more than 109,000 people which would be enough on the government’s official petition website to trigger a Parliamentary debate.

It was posted on the 38 Degrees campaign website by Lizzie Swarf who urged: “Rather than wasting millions of pounds worth of food that is still usable, make supermarkets donate their leftover products that are still safe to eat, to food banks.”

Citing the French experience she added: “Given that the UK is facing an ever-more worrying reliance on food banks, shouldn’t we be thinking along these lines too?

“Under the next 5 years of Conservative government, people will be encouraged to live an ever-more healthy life-style to reduce the pressure on the NHS. What better way to do this than to ensure the most needy have access to fresh fruit and vegetables and other basic essentials they currently can only class as a luxury if on benefits or a very low income?

“Those of us who are lucky enough to be able to afford wonderful groceries delivered to our doorstep could donate an extra £2 per purchase to ensure that fresh fruit and veg and other essential groceries are delivered to someone in need en route to our homes.

“You might be utterly surprised, David Cameron, just how many of us would be willing to sign up to such a scheme, thus ensuring the sick, disabled and elderly have a much-needed helping hand.”

Arash Derambarsh, the councillor behind the campaign to force French markets to stop throwing away food, wants to see similar rules put in place in the Uk and around the world.

He said it was “scandalous and absurd” that people are allowed to go hungry when perfectly good food is being thrown away by supermarkets.

Last year, according to the TUC, 913,138 people used food banks in the UK, a rise from 128,697 in 2012.

Click HERE for the petition

  • gabydewilde

    I was in east Germany just after the wall went down. One supermarket had 1-4 different prizes for the same product. Like todays yogurt, yogurt 1 day old, yogurt 2 days old and one bottle left with 3 day old yogurt. 0 and 1 close together, 2 days a lot lower and the last kind cost next to nothing. There was an old lady who looked very happy to see the left over bottle. It was glass, you could see there was nothing wrong with it.

    In the supermarket here they artfully mix the old stuff in the new or put the new behind the old.

    The problem with that is that it gives no incentive to customers to help clean out expiring products. Likewise, sometimes you just need things to be fresh because you plan to eat them several days later. I hate it when stuff expires after 1 day if i’ve planed to eat it the next. Slowly expiring products should be no different.

    My supermarket has a big pile of garlic, it is impossible to tell which are fresh or old. I had one one time that was all dried out. I’d rather pay 20 cents extra and have the garlic when I’m cooking.

    A vegetable that has to be thrown away the next day isn’t worth as much as a fresh one. Neither is old bread. I like feeding the birds when it is freezing. I’m sure the ducks prefer 2 cheap loafs over one fresh one. I don’t do that very often of course, it is much to expensive. They want 2 euro for expired bread then the next moment it goes in the container.

    Almost expired meat has to be the worse phenomenon. It looks good, it smells ok but it tastes like it died long ago. eeeeewwww!

    The east German formula was a lot more efficient, more profitable and it should make for a superior meal if everything actually is what you think it is.

  • Susan Laskowska

    Waste not want not 🙂