Saving the grapes! Morrisons launch new project to get grape ‘offcuts’ to vulnerable people
23 November 2017
23 November 2017
We’ve kicked off a project with Morrisons’ Cutler Heights fruit packing house in Bradford, to re-direct surplus grapes to feed people in need.
Sometimes when grapes are packed, larger bunches may need to be slightly trimmed. Now, thanks to the collaboration between Morrisons and FareShare, these small offcuts will now be redistributed to FareShare’s network of over 6,700 frontline charities and community groups. These groups provide meals for vulnerable people, including children’s breakfast clubs, community centres for families in deprived areas and lunch clubs for older people at risk of social isolation.
This project follows on from the success of donations of surplus fresh fish and seafood to FareShare from Morrisons Grimsby manufacturing site, which resulted in two tonnes of food being redistributed since April this year. FareShare also work with Morrisons own brand suppliers to redistribute any stock surplus to requirements to charities.
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO says: “The idea came about when we were on a factory walkthrough with the team at Cutler Heights. They spotted the grapes and we decided to work together to do something practical with the surplus. Our charities can’t get enough fresh fruit and veg, so this made total sense for us.
“Finding a product that could have been discarded and turning it either into something commercially viable or that benefits those in need is a ‘win-win’ situation. This project is a testament to Morrisons’ commitment to working alongside FareShare to find innovative ways of reducing food waste at every stage of production.”
Steven Butts, Morrisons Head of Corporate Responsibility says: “Working with FareShare in our manufacturing sites is a good addition to our wider surplus redistribution programme. It broadens our commitment to reduce food waste across our operations. We have now donated over three million unsold products to community groups from our stores.”
“Working with FareShare in our manufacturing sites is a good addition to our wider surplus redistribution programme. It broadens our commitment to reduce food waste across our operations.”
Steven Butts, Morrisons Head of Corporate Responsibility
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