grocery store app gives surplus food

Marks & Spencer, an upscale British retail store, has established a plan to distribute food nearing its expiration date to local organizations in need, The Guardian reports.

Charities in need of food donations can sign up for free on Neighbourly, an app that connects businesses to social causes. Grocers take stock of surplus food and send an alert to homeless shelters and food banks in need. Marks & Spencer has begun piloting the program and will expand to 150 stores in December before including all 500 U.K. stores by spring 2016. It’s all part of the company’s pledge to cut food waste by 20 percent by 2020.


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