Restocking food banksEthical Food & Drink News & Features
Morrisons is ramping up food production from its sites and distributing more food from its stores to help restock the nation’s food banks during the coronavirus outbreak.
The UK’s largest fresh food maker will run its bakery, egg and fruit and veg packing site for an extra hour every day to make, prepare and pack food required to restock the food banks.
Morrisons will also send deliveries of ambient food – such as canned goods and pasta – to its stores so it can be passed on to local food banks.
All together, £10 million of food will be distributed to food banks by Morrisons ‘community champions’ – in-store colleagues who work with the local community.
Food banks suffering
Britain’s food banks, a critical source of food for the most vulnerable in our communities, are suffering badly during the current crisis, as donations have dried up rapidly over the last two weeks.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has led to a 40% reduction in donations to community food banks across the country at a time when most are seeing demand for their services increase.
‘As a food maker and shopkeeper we are uniquely placed to help. We know food banks are finding life very difficult and running our manufacturing sites for an extra hour each day to help restock them is the right decision at this time.
‘The core purpose of all 96,537 colleagues at Morrisons is to play our full part in feeding the nation.’
CEO of Morrisons
To make it easier for customers to donate to food banks, purchase limits on items will be raised to four items (from three) and some removed all together.
Morrisons will create ‘local’ drop-off points for customers to donate products to those in need. Donation hubs in Morrisons’ recently repurposed in-store cafés will collect these additional products for their local food banks.