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Surplus food donations go to soldiers charity in Dagenham after staff see Post article

PUBLISHED: 13:30 25 May 2013

Representatives from local charity Support British Soldiers receiving a food donation from Sainsbury's staff

Representatives from local charity Support British Soldiers receiving a food donation from Sainsbury's staff

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»Food donations are being handed out to a charity supporting British soldiers after an article on the recent start-up appeared in the Post.

Support British Soldiers, based in Dagenham, started life on Facebook before founder Darren Paine decided to make the move from the virtual to the real world after attracting more than 300,000 supporters.

After seeing an article about the charity in The Barking and Dagenham Post earlier this year, staff at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Chadwell Heath decided to include them on their surplus food donations scheme.

Darren Paine from Support British Soldiers said: “We’re delighted to be receiving this kind donation from colleagues at Sainsbury’s Chadwell Heath who have helped to raise awareness of our cause.

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“These items really will benefit local people suffering from food poverty.”

Every Saturday morning this year the charity will collect fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes, meat, fish and tinned goods from the store before distributing them down through other charities including Honour British Forces in Kent.

Chadwell Heath store manager Gareth Powell said: “We hate wasting food and really believe that old saying ‘Waste not; want not’ we are really happy that local charities, within our community, can benefit from our food donations scheme.”

All of the food is within its use-by dates and would otherwise be discarded for landfill.

Nationally Sainsbury’s also works with the organisation FareShare, who distribute surplus food to local charities and projects.

Andy White, community affairs manager at Sainsbury’s said: “By donating food to charities and organisations we are saving thousands of tonnes of food needlessly going to landfill.”

Registered charity Support British Soldiers recently launched an 125 page e-book of poetry written by its supporters entitled Poems For Heroes.

Each pound raised from the book’s sale will go towards armed forces charities.

n Visit supportbritishsoldiers.co.uk for more information about the charity.


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