Food for thought – one lawyer's charitable initiative to put food waste to good use

Every week thousands of tonnes of food are thrown away by retailers in the UK. At the same time, many thousands of people cannot afford even basic groceries. I became aware of the scale of the problem in late 2012, partly through a great documentary called Britain's Hidden Hungry. Although food banks around the country were taking non-perishable donations and redistributing them to those in need, I felt that a much better solution would be to take the mountains of surplus food sent every day to landfill sites or composted and redirect that as groceries to families in acute financial need. In November, Olswang let me move to a part-time role as a construction litigation associate, which gave me the time to set up an initiative to address the problem.

Olswang’s Peter Clyde was so moved by the news that British people were going hungry he decided to do something about it, launching an initiative to persuade big supermarkets to donate mountains of surplus food. He says his firm has been a model of flexibility in letting him work part time to pursue his project

Every week thousands of tonnes of food are thrown away by retailers in the UK. At the same time, many thousands of people cannot afford even basic groceries.

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