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Food Waste Supermarket? UK Has Opened Its First, Aims To Feed Everyone

Food Waste Supermarket? UK Has Opened Its First, Aims To Feed Everyone

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First Posted: Sep 22, 2016 05:17 AM EDT
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Reality check: People and businesses make plenty of food, but throw so much of it. TRJFP aims to stop such waste through food waste supermarkets. (Image used for representation only.) US Department of Agriculture / Flickr CC BY 2.0

The first food waste supermarket in the UK has just opened in Pudsey. That's good news especially for families struggling to feed their children. The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP), through its food waste campaigners, opened "the warehouse" on the Grangefield Industrial Estate. They sell food that supermarkets and various other businesses have thrown out.

According to The Independent, the items are priced on a "pay as you feel" basis; hence the great help the supermarket can give to numerous families. This means that shoppers can pay with financial donations, or even time, skills, or energy. The group has got deals with Sainsbury's, Ocado, and Morrisons. They likewise receive food from restaurants, food banks, cafes, events caterers, and food photographers.

The aim of putting up stores like this is to end food wasting that happens on a daily basis. Different businesses make so much food, but likewise throw out so much of it too. Moreover, Metro reported that seven million tonnes of food are thrown out by British people from their homes yearly.

Meanwhile, TRJFP stresses that their project is for everyone despite the fact that it is most beneficial to people who are unemployed or on low incomes and homeless. According to the group, they believe that food waste is certainly fit for consumption. They want to prove the safety and value of food waste; hence they don't aim to feed only specific demographics.

Not all people may be aware or may understand the existence of food waste supermarkets, but it is important to take note its importance. Families who will be able to feed themselves with affordable and safe food would definitely improve their health as they would no longer fight with hunger. And the fact that millions of food would be saved from being thrown out is something to really look into.

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