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Friends of Mount, Barnby Road Academy and Newark Community Hub sign up to food redistribution programme through M&S Newark Maltings

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The first charities and community groups have signed up to M&S Newark Maltings' food redistribution programme, which is run in partnership with Neighbourly.

Friends of the Mount, Barnby Road Academy and Newark Community Hub are the first groups to have partnered with the store to help provide free food to the people they support.

Through the programme, part of its commitment to help tackle food waste, M&S distributes unsold food to its local partners, including products that are still fit for consumption but may be nearing their use by date and products with damaged packaging.

Marks and Spencer Newark. (57762135)
Marks and Spencer Newark. (57762135)

With 9.5m tonnes of food being wasted every year in homes and businesses across the UK, the programme is a key part of M&S’s Plan A initiative and aims to help reduce the environmental impact of food waste.

M&S launched its Plan A initiative in 2007. It has also also pledged to cut its carbon footprint by a third by 2025.

Wes Kachela, store manager at M&S Newark Maltings, said: “We are proud of the role we play in our community and we are always looking for new ways to contribute where we can.

“We are thrilled that we have been able to sign up our first local charities and community groups through Neighbourly and hope our donations will help make a difference."

M&S is always looking for new partners to work with. Charities and community groups can email mandsfood@neighbourly.com to find out more.

“We are always looking for charities to come forward to partner with M&S Newark Maltings to help us redistribute the surplus, so please do get in touch,” said Wes.

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