A charity is collecting unwanted food after Christmas to give to hungry people in London.
Shepherd’s Bush Market has arranged for donated items to be collected by the Felix Project, who will deliver it at no cost to a burgeoning network of charities that prepare meals for the most destitute and socially isolated Londoners.
Anyone wanting to help can bring any food that is still within its use by date - with the exception of fresh meat and fish products - to the market manager’s office, near the Goldhawk Road end of Shepherd’s Bush Market, between December 28 to December 31.
A spokesman for the market said: "We always want to build links with community groups and projects, and we thought this would be something nice to do as we know there are aw lot of people with unwanted food after Christmas.
"We're acting as a middleman.
"If it's something that's successful it could be something we do on a regular basis."
The Felix Project has the backing of the Mayor of London and delivers food daily to selected local partner charities such as the Sufra Food Bank and Kitchen and St Mungo’s - which has a Shepherd's Bush shelter .
Its main goals are to reduce food waste, reduce food poverty and support local charities and communities.
The charity says 100,000 Londoners currently live in food poverty and that 540,000 tonnes of edible food is thrown away every year.
The charity says: "Food poverty means that an individual or household isn’t able to obtain healthy, nutritious food, or can’t get the food they want to eat.
"In London alone it’s estimated that at least 100,000 people live in food poverty.
"Food poverty is bad for your health; if you don’t have much money for food, you tend to buy the cheapest food you can.
"When you can’t get healthy food, the results can be malnutrition or obesity, not to mention a host of associated problems."
To support the charity, visit its website .
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