Free fruit of­fer for chil­dren’s five-a-day

Rochdale Observer - - SPECIAL REPORT -

A BRANCH of a na­tional su­per­mar­ket is to give away free fruit to chil­dren to pre­vent it be­ing thrown away.

Rochdale’s Mor­ri­son’s store on Kingsway is to of­fer young peo­ple one of their five-a-day for free to help make the shop­ping trip eas­ier for busy par­ents.

The scheme will mean that this fruit, which will be within its ‘sell-by’ win­dow, does not go to waste.

Mor­risons ex­pects to give away 40,000 pieces of fruit that is within its ‘sell by’ win­dow but is at risk of not be­ing sold.

A range of ‘child friendly’ types of fruit in­clud­ing ba­nanas, ap­ples, pears, sweet clemen­tines and sat­sumas – will be of­fered in the store’s en­trance.

The fruit will be lo­cated on a wooden stand at the front of Mor­ri­son’s green­gro­cery area and will be re­plen­ished ev­ery morn­ing.

Dar­ran O’Hara, store man­ager, said: “Some­times our store is left with un­sold fruit and cus­tomers would prefer us to find a use for it.

“So we’re putting out fruit - that’s at risk of not be­ing sold - for chil­dren to help them­selves.

“It’s healthy for them, re­duces food waste in our store and will help make shop­ping eas­ier for par­ents.”

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