He’s a man on a mission to change supermarket policy

Waste Not Want Not. Todmorden  food waste reduction project team Jo Royle, Jamie Le'scot, Niomi McIntyre and Kayla Sutcliffe.

Waste Not Want Not. Todmorden food waste reduction project team Jo Royle, Jamie Le'scot, Niomi McIntyre and Kayla Sutcliffe.

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A MAN on a mission to force supermarkets to rethink their policy about food waste has been overwhelmed by support for his ambitious scheme.

Jamie Le’scot, from Todmorden, wants to raise awareness of the tonnes of food thrown away every day by supermarkets across Calderdale and the country.

He set up Waste Not, Want Not just days ago, and already thousands of people have signed up to his Facebook page.

Jamie, 27, who himself works at a supermarket, has seen first-hand the red tape that means good food has to be thrown away.

He said supermarkets threw away food which had reached the display date and goods where the packaging had been damaged, which they were not allowed to resell.

“Every day the supermarkets throw a mass amount of food away,” he said.

“Some of this food is still perfectly edible and has only been thrown away because it has gone past its ‘display date’.

“I am urging the supermarkets to start donating this waste food to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food drop centres.

“Every week the Government cuts are affecting people and people are suffering as it is.

“I believe there’s so much more that can be done by supermarkets working together.”

He said the level of support he had received had been “unbelievable”.

To kickstart his campaign he has booked a stall at this weekend’s Todstock event, where he hopes to gather support for his campaign.

With the help of a merry band of volunteers Jamie plans to organise a food drive at the event and hopes visitors will take non-perishable food to donate. He will then hand it over to needy charities.

Jamie is also planning a gig night where as well buying a ticket, people are asked to pack a can of food or packet of grub in their clutch bag to donate as they make their way into the venue – all to boost their food appeal.

For more details visit the Facebook page or e-mail thewastenotwantnotproject@gmail.com.

Todstock runs this weekend – August 6 and 7 – at Centre Vale park, Todmorden. As part of the food drive at Todstock volunteers will accept tinned foods and packets of food as well as boxed juices and packs of jelly.