A Kingston Vale man has sold hundreds of supporters to all supermarkets and donated all unsold food to food banks in lieu of its sale date.
John Hewlett has been volunteering with the Save the World Club since March 2020 and with the formal launch of Covit-19 in the UK, and was inspired by their efforts to send food and other essentials to those most in need.
As previously announced by Surrey Comet, the group has teamed up with Aldi in New Malton to donate tens of thousands of food items to those most in need during the first waves of the epidemic.
John now hopes to redirect those general knowledge resources to the national level Petition It urges the government to donate unsold supermarket food to food banks in the UK.
How does a French supermarket improve the entire UK sector in terms of food waste? https://t.co/mRREzkRdhu
– Independent (end dependent) February 27, 2021
“Recently the diet provided to us was reduced to not including meat and cold products as per the legal restrictions.
“What this means is that I personally now see trolley loads of good meat and cold food being wasted, which I was able to collect and deliver to feed vulnerable people over the past year,” John described the inspiration for the petition.
“It’s heartbreaking to see this food really fit, and I felt there should be a change in the law regarding the wastage / destruction of good food,” he added.
John’s vision of the amount of food wasted by a supermarket may have been shocking, but there was a drop in the sea compared to the situation nationally.
A recent step Report According to The Independent, British supermarkets can provide the equivalent of 190 million meals a year to the hungry, and donate only nine percent.
– Trussell Trust (Trussall Trust) May 6, 2021
The petition of John and the Save the World Club to challenge this is easy in its concept, and echoes many similar calls heard in recent years, demanding that food waste from UK supermarkets be used to combat hunger.
In essence, supermarkets solicit donations of all food beyond the date of its sale to charities involved in the distribution of food to people in need.
In fact, the campaign reflects an existing law in France that was signed in 2016, forcing supermarkets to do just that.
“Hunger in the UK could actually be eliminated if this happened,” John said.
His campaign could not be more timely as there is a huge increase in the number of people relying on food bars to avoid hunger in the UK.
Dressel Trust More than 2.5 million emergency food parcels were distributed to people in crisis by food banks over the group’s network last year.
This is a 33 percent increase over the previous year and a “catastrophic” 128 percent increase over the same period five years ago (2015/16).
“By observing the appreciation and relief shown by the recipients, those in need are often working people whose salaries do not cover the cost of their housing, utilities, etc.,” John said.
“Lack of food leads to ill health, depression, marital problems and so on. Having food at the table on a daily basis will solve many more related problems,” he said.
Click here See petition.