M&S pledge to cut food waste is pontefract hospice’s gain

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The Pontefract branch of Marks and Spencer has pledged to cut food waste at the same time as supporting the Prince of Wales Hospice.

The stores is donating surplus food to the hospice as part of a national scheme to cut food waste by a fifth before 2020. As part of the initiative, M&S is redistributing fruit, vegetables, bread, cakes and groceries that are nearing their expiry date to local charities.

The Halfpenny Lane hospice - which will initially benefit from two collections per week - will used the donated food to prepare meals for patients, their families and carers.

Jillian Evans, head cook, said: “The donation of surplus food from M&S is already making a big difference here at the hospice. Our patients have been able to enjoy a range of sweet treats, donated by the store, which we otherwise wouldn’t have the budget to provide. We’ve also been provided with essential ingredients such as bread, fruit and vegetables which we use to prepare patient meals.”

M&S Pontefract has also chosen the hospice as its charity of the year. Dawn O’Hara, finance and operations section manager at M&S Pontefract, said: “The team is thrilled to be supporting the hospice by donating surplus food. The donation is part of the store’s ongoing work with the local community and our staff are really engaged with the scheme.”