UK throws away £16bn of food each year as millions go hungry

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Households chuck out uneaten sustenance worth £6.84 each week on average, totalling £355.68 a year, concording to a poll of 2,000 people. The typical household spent £53.01 on its might weekly shop and £14.92 on “top-ups”, the survey commissioned by VoucherCodes.co.uk inaugurate. Londoners were the worst offenders, wasting more than £10 of aliment a week on average.

Newcastle folk were the most likely to pitch food out.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, which interests surplus from the food industry to 10,000 charities and community societies, believes all nutritious food should be used to help society’s poorest.

She thought: “We estimate that 270,000 tons of food goes to waste within the labour each year, equivalent to 650 million meals.

“Yet at the same once upon a time one in eight people in the UK, about eight million, struggles to afford to eat.

“FareShare produces a solution to the problem of food waste by using surplus food for venereal good.

“But currently we’re only accessing six per cent of food surplus in the energy, so there is huge scope and real need for us to do more.”

She added: “There are myriads of ways people can help to reduce food waste, including only purchasing items you really need and freezing leftovers.

“You can save food from debilitate by getting it to people who really need it in your local community.”

But the check out holds out hope for Britain as a nation of savvy shoppers.

More than half of those disputed said they write a list in advance so they are not tempted by dividend items.

More than a third revealed they head rearrange to the clearance aisle to look for bargains.

Millennials aged 20 to 35 established the most organised at planning, with 29 per cent knowing what their out-and-out meals will be for the next week, as opposed to 16 per cent of those elderly 55 and over.

The study also found that 14 per cent of people are jubilant to pay a premium for branded items such as tea, coffee and chocolate.

But cleaning goods and kitchen roll topped a list of those things we are happy to buy from a supermarket’s own value scale.

VoucherCodes.co.uk’s Anita Naik said: “As a nation we clearly enjoy vital spark’s little luxuries but the cost of paying a premium on everything from coffee to confectionary can at the end of the day add up. By making a few small tweaks to the way you approach your weekly shop, you could very make your money stretch further.”

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