Mayor invests £300,000 in ‘social supermarkets’

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 […]

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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.”