Regular food-share tables have been set up in and around Shropshire to combat local food waste. The Zero Waste Project was set up by Collect Aid with the aim to reduce food waste and collect food from stores that would otherwise throw it away.

The project, run by volunteers, collect from up to 70 stores which have signed up to the Zero Waste Project, including Aldi, M&S, Greggs and the Co-Op. Previously these stores would have thrown away foods they can no longer sell, with items often being sent for animal feed or incineration even though they are still perfectly edible.

Everybody is welcome to come to the food-share table events which are set up locally at different locations each day: Tuesday at Leegomery, Broseley on Wednesday, Bridgnorth on Thursday, Highly on Friday and finally Ironbridge on Saturday.

Project leader Lea Bevan said, “All we ask is a minimum donation of £1 per household in return for the free groceries. The money goes to cover the insurance costs of the project.”

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