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Food Matters

Phase 1: Food Waste

Phase 2: Food Poverty

The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food onto charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK

Proposed by Snailbeach WI, Shropshire Federation

83% o191208f delegates voted in support of the NFWIs 2016 resolution to ‘avoid food waste, address food poverty.’ The resolution calls on supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, and also calls for action to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK.

As a first step in the campaign, the NFWI produced a report and manifesto detailing ways in which supermarkets can adjust their practices to help consumers reduce food waste in the home. From retail practices which encourage overbuying, such as promoting multi-buys and multipacks, to confusing date and product labelling, which can mean consumers are throwing out food prematurely, the report sets out a range of ways supermarkets can help reduce food waste in the home.

In the second phase of the campaign, the NFWI has launched a national debate on the issue of food poverty. We have produced a toolkit for WIs to take part in this by organising local events and taking action. This phase of the campaign launched in March 2018. You can sign up here to download the toolkit now.

If you have any questions, do get in touch:

  • Email: pa@nfwi.org.uk
  • Post: NFWI PA department, 104 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4LY
  • Telephone: 020 7371 9300 ext 238