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Boost for Oxford Food Bank with Headington supermarket donation

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Oxford Mail article 14 Feb 2017

A Headington supermarket has given a generous boost to Oxford Food Bank.

The Sainsbury’s Local store at London Road has become one of the latest to sign up to donate food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Established in 2009, the food bank collects food – fruit, vegetables and dairy and bakery produce – from supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it to 80 charities in and around the city, with the aims of reducing food waste and tackling food poverty.

Mark Fenton, manager at the Headington store, said: “We, at Sainsbury’s, believe Oxford Food Bank does a fantastic job supporting those in need and wanted to help as much as we can.

“We hope our gesture encourages others to do the same.”

Oxford Food Bank manager Cathy Howard added: “We are pleased to be working to reduce even more food waste in partnership with another Sainsbury’s store.

“Our wonderful volunteers now collect surplus food that would have otherwise gone to waste from nearly 20 supermarkets and wholesalers. They do this seven days a week.”

The food bank was started by David Cairns and Robin Aitken and initially saw them delivering surplus food from one supermarket to five charities from the back of their cars.

Now based on an industrial estate at Botley, the registered charity has 100 volunteers working seven days a week to collect and distribute food to the charities which support homeless people, families and others in need.

In total, it provides food for more than 6,000 meals each week.