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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, as well as to pass surplus food on to charities to help address the issue of 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 will be launching a national debate on the issue of food poverty. We will be producing a toolkit for WIs to take part in this, through organising local events and taking action. This phase of the campaign will launch in March.

In the meantime, we encourage you to email your MP asking them to support a new cross-party bill which aims to address the issue of children who are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays in the UK. You can find more info here.

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