There are just so many desperate charities out there asking for help since this campaign started. It's heartbreaking that so many people are in such dire need.
There's not much else I can do other than shout at the MPs (doing that) and urging YOU ALL to write to your MPs (it's easy, go here: https://www.writetothem.com/) and ask them to sign their support for Diane Abbot's EDM which you can see here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/66
We need 50 or more MPs' signatures for this to be seen as important enough to go to debate with enough MPs present. XXX
To: Prime Minister David Cameron
Make supermarkets hand over all unsold food to charities and offer a delivery service to the needy.
Rather than wasting millions of pounds worth of food that is still usable, make supermarkets donate their leftover products that are still safe to eat, to food banks.
Encourage existing customers to donate towards a delivery service to needy people in their area on the delivery run.
Why is this important?
A group of French MPs has tabled a draft law to make it compulsory for supermarkets to hand over all unsold food still fit for consumption to charity. Many supermarket chains in France already donate unsold produce to charities, but 63 MPs from across the political spectrum would like to see the practice enshrined in law.
Late in July, they tabled a draft bill making it compulsory for supermarkets with 1,000 square metres (10,800 sq ft) of floor space to give their “unsold but still consumable food products to at least one food charity”. Belgium became the first European country to introduce a similar a law in May.
Given that the UK is facing an ever-more worrying reliance on food banks, shouldn’t we be thinking along these lines too?
Under the next 5 years of Conservative government, people will be encouraged to live an ever-more healthy life-style to reduce the pressure on the NHS. What better way to do this than to ensure the most needy have access to fresh fruit and vegetables and other basic essentials they currently can only class as a luxury if on benefits or a very low income?
I propose an even more logical solution: Those of us who are lucky enough to be able to afford wonderful groceries delivered to our doorstep could donate an extra £2 per purchase to ensure that fresh fruit and veg and other essential groceries are delivered to someone in need en route to our homes.
You might be utterly surprised, David Cameron, just how many of us would be willing to sign up to such a scheme, thus ensuring the sick, disabled and elderly have a much-needed helping hand.
Please consider this idea very seriously as it is based upon pure logic and the sharing of resources that are currently simply wasted.