Supermarket gives away food to the homeless

Harrogate My Local staff Karen Smith, Rob Johnson, Rob Massey, Ollie Samways and Chris Wilson with donations for the Harrogate Homeless Project (1512084AM1).
Harrogate My Local staff Karen Smith, Rob Johnson, Rob Massey, Ollie Samways and Chris Wilson with donations for the Harrogate Homeless Project (1512084AM1).

A Harrogate supermarket is giving away unsold food at the end of each day to the town’s homeless charity.

My Local, on Cambridge Street, is donating products, including bread, fruit and vegetables and pre-packaged sandwiches and salads, to the Harrogate Homeless Project.

The convenience store, which was formerly a Morrisons M local branch, opened on October 26 and hopes to become an active part of the community.

Store manager Rob Massey said: “Although we’ve not been open very long, we’ve made this move a priority as it’s important to us and our staff. We hope over the course of the next few weeks, months and years, we might be able to make a real difference to our local community.”

More than 100 convenience shops previously owned by Morrisons have reopened as My Local stores. The supermarket chain sold 140 M local shops to a team led by entrepreneur Mike Greene for £25m. The 2,300 staff at the stores have been kept on, with an extra 200 jobs created by reopening 10 closed sites.

My Local plans to make a difference in communities within a one-mile radius to stores in particular.

Liz Hancock, from the Harrogate Homeless Project, said: “It is so refreshing to see a company give good product away instead of throwing it away. We rely on food donations for those living in the hostel, and for our day service Springboard, where we serve on average 40 hot meals a day to those in need. We are delighted to have been approached by Rob and his team to form a new and strong partnership that will help the less fortunate of the district.”