Supermarket chain Morrisons is launching a food parcel system that makes it easier for customers to donate to local food banks.
The new ‘Pick Up Packs’ can be bought in store by customers and then donated at the checkout, before being passed onto food banks.
‘Pick Up Packs’
The supermarket’s new ‘Pick Up Packs’, which cost between £1 and £3, contain a mix of food products that have been requested by local food banks based on what their users need.
The packs were created by a Morrisons colleague, Michelle Leary from Basingstoke, who noticed that customers struggled with what items to donate to food banks. Ms Leary decided to pre-pack parcels so that customers do not need to spend time browsing the shelves looking for items to donate.
After an initial successful trial, the idea has now been rolled out nationally.
How does it work?
Customers can pick up one of these parcels at the start of their shop and then pay for it at the till with the rest of their shopping.
This pack is then put aside and later collected by volunteers working for the food bank.
Alongside this, Morrisons, in partnership with the Trussell Trust, has launched an online donation mechanism that goes straight into the pockets of local food banks.
Customers can purchase £10 vouchers on the Morrisons Food Boxes website, which then gets sent directly to a local food bank of their choice. This online scheme was initially piloted with five local food banks, but has now been rolled out to 50 nationally.