Food waste campaigners from the Real Junk Food Project have opened The Warehouse, a store on the Grangefield Industrial Estate. Customers are invited to shop for food items discarded by supermarkets and other businesses. The food is priced on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ basis and has already helped desperate families struggling to feed their children.

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Adam Smith, founder of the Real Junk Food Project, the company behind the food waste supermarket, told The Independent that there are plans to open a warehouse selling surplus produce in every city in the UK.

The initiative started as ‘boutiques’ or food waste stalls selling produce in Real Junk Food Project cafés. The Real Junk Food Project is also working to expand its pay-as-you-feel café movement. There are now hundreds of cafés across the country feeding people on food waste.

“We’re about to start in Sheffield and Bradford,” he said. “Every city will now obtain central storage and run a ‘people’s supermarket’ as well as Fuel for School.”

Fuel for School is the work of a group of food activists from the Real Junk Food Project who deliver surplus bread, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from supermarkets to schools, where it is used to feed hungry schoolchildren.

The food, which may otherwise have found its way to landfill, is used to feed 12 000 children a week. According to an investigation by the Evening Standard, supermarkets are discarding £230m of edible food a year. – UK Independent