London Mayor Boris Johnson is providing £300,000 to help reduce food waste in the capital.
London boroughs can apply for a share of the fund to set up the so-called ‘social supermarkets’, which will sell food cheaply to local people struggling with food poverty.
The food is in-date and would otherwise be thrown away by retailers for various reasons including items packaged or weighed incorrectly or over-production.
The announcement follows Mr Johnson’s previous scheme ‘FOODSAVE’ which helped businesses save more than £550,000 and divert around 1,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill.
The Mayor said: “I want to see more innovative schemes on our high streets that tackle food waste, help communities and offer access to a variety of good standard cheaper food.
“It’s important we continue to reduce London’s landfill and ensure quality edible food is not discarded.”