Tonnes of food donated

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SHOPPERS at a Sheffield supermarket have donated two tonnes of food to local charities.

Visitors to the Sainsbury’s store on Archer Road, Millhouses, bought extra items when doing their shopping which they gave to the FareShare scheme.

The food was taken to FareShare’s depot in Barnsley, and will be distributed locally.

The collection was part of a national food donation drive at 19 Sainsbury’s stores across the country.

Over 25 tonnes of food was collected in total, for distribution to 700 homeless shelters, community centres and schools.

Among the charities to benefit is Emmaus Sheffield - a social enterprise which provides accommodation and work experience for eight homeless people.

Chief executive of FareShare, Lindsay Boswell, said: “At a time of severe economic hardship, we are seeing unprecedented and increasing demand for food donations. Donating two tonnes of food is a fantastic gesture from the people of South Yorkshire.”