The Northampton Poverty Watch Group has launched a petition requesting supermarkets donate their edible, but out of date, stock to food banks.
The group, which was set up by Northampton Borough Councillor Danielle Stone (Lab, Abington) monitors how people are being affected by poverty across the town.
The petition reads: “It is well-known that out of date food has a longer shelf life than the use by date. Local agencies are calling on supermarkets to donate this food to food banks rather than throwing it out.
“Food banks are under enormous pressure and keep running out of food. It is a scandal of our age that edible food is being binned.
“We, the undersigned, call upon the supermarkets to donate edible, but out of date food, to food banks and we call upon the county council to set up a collection point in order for this to take place.”
Councillor Danielle Stone (Lab, Abington), said: “It is a disgrace that edible food is being binned in this day and age.
“We know that lots of people in our town are going hungry – choosing between heating and eating. Hopefully, in this way, we can support the food banks, support vulnerable people and reduce waste.”
The petition can be accessed at: http://chn.ge/LB7bev.