A large depot which will be used to store and distribute unwanted supermarket food is about to open.
The FareShare building, in Holmewood near Chesterfield, is opening tomorrow as part of a £500,000 drive by Derbyshire Council to tackle food poverty.
It will be managed by charity FareShare East Midlands, and will be stocked with tins, boxes and packets, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy produce and meat, which would otherwise be thrown away.
Items will be sent out to food banks, school breakfast clubs and used in other community projects, such as a mobile food truck and ‘affordable food box’ schemes.
The disused site was fully renovated within eight weeks, and operates with two members of staff and four volunteers. Seven tonnes of food - equal to 16,000 meals - have been distributed since the depot first became operational in September.
Coun Dave Allen, the council’s cabinet member for health and communities, said: “We believe it is morally wrong for people to go hungry as well as to throw good food away and lack of proper nutrition also affects people’s physical and mental health which will cause huge long-term pressures on health and social care services and budgets.
“This depot is important in that it will allow us to support more projects and supply them with fresh produce which is important for a healthy, balanced diet.”
The depot, which covers 3,000 sq ft, will be opened by diet and exercise expert and FareShare East Midlands patron Rosemary Conley.