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SAINSBURY’S in Farlington is encouraging people to take part in a nationwide food-drive to tackle poverty.

The Fitzherbert Road store is taking part in Sainsbury’s and FareShare’s second annual Million Meal Appeal on October 6 and 7.

The appeal sees customers donate items from the Million Meal Appeal shopping list, which are placed in the collection box at the checkout.

Customers shopping on Sainsbury’s Online can make a £1 donation between October 3 and 9.

Last year FareShare rescued 3,600 tonnes of surplus food, contributing towards more than 8.6 million meals.

Sainsbury’s community affairs manager Andy White said: ‘We had such an overwhelming response from our customers to last year’s initiative and we’re excited to be working on the second Million Meal Appeal.

‘The total of 1.2 million meals donated in 2011 would be enough to feed a 
sold-out London Olympic stadium 15 times.

‘We hope from this year’s campaign that we can further raise the awareness of food poverty in the UK and support those charities and projects that need our help.’

FareShare is looking for volunteers to help with the food drive who can help out with shifts.

To sign up, visit fareshare.org.uk.