Store and charity team up in scheme to reduce food waste
A SUPERMARKET and charity have teamed up in Port Talbot to reduce food waste and support people in need in the community.
Managers at Aldi in Port Talbot approached the YMCA after they noticed how many fresh items were being thrown from the store due to the company's food date policy.
Stephen Pritchard, assistant store manager, said: "We've got date procedures put in place, that we sell nothing out of date.
"So today, if we have bread that's dated to tomorrow, it would normally be thrown out into the rubbish.
"But rather than throwing it out and it going in the bin, we thought if we can help someone, then we will."
The branch approached Port Talbot YMCA, which has a homeless hostel, in a bid to help reduce waste in the town and help people in need.
The YMCA provides immediate and safe accommodation for homeless and disadvantaged people.
Rooms are available at the hostel as well as communal facilities such as kitchens, lounges and laundry rooms.
The store will donate some of the food that's coming up to its use by date to the YMCA team.
They will then use it to help some of the most vulnerable people in the community, including those who use its hostel.
"Port Talbot YMCA distributes some of the food its residents in it homeless hostel as well as other worthy causes," said YMCA manager, Andy Brown.
"The project in not a food bank and will only supply to local charities in the area.
"The project is an excellent example of business and charities working together to reduce food wastage and support those in the community that need a little extra help."
Mr Brown said he and his colleagues appreciated the support of the supermarket, based on Commercial Road.
"I'm very grateful to Aldi for making this happen.
"It's making a significant change to people's lives."
The scheme will be an ongoing partnership between the supermarket and the charity, in a bid to help people in the area maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
A food bank was set up in Neath's Orchard Place Baptist Church in August 2011, to provide emergency food for the people of the town.
It involved a number of churches across the town, who pulled together to ensure the project's success and was run by Christian charity Trussell Trust.