21 May 2018 - Janet Bird
The Co-op has announced it is to donate the equivalent of eight million meals a year in surplus food to charities and community groups.
The grocer has pledged to take all items with a use by date of the same day off its shelves two hours before closing time and share it with food redistribution charities to either cook or freeze for later use.
The move, which follows a successful trial of the Food Share scheme across 50 of its stores, means the charities - which often receive large quantities of tinned goods and bread - are getting fresher, healthier food.
The Food Share scheme is to be rolled out across the Co-op's 2,500 UK stores in 1,500 towns and cities.
The Co-op said the initiative demonstrated its commitment to ending food waste and to ensuring food gets into the hands of those who need it most.