Rather than wasting millions of pounds worth of food that is still usable, should supermarkets be required to donate their leftover products that are still safe to eat, to food banks?

Why is this important?

The French Parliament has passed laws that makes it compulsory for supermarkets to hand over all unsold food still fit for consumption to charity. Many supermarket chains in France previously donated unsold produce to charities, but the French Parliament has voted unanimously to make it compulsory.

The laws make it compulsory for supermarkets with 1,000 square metres (10,800 sq ft) of floor space to give their “unsold but still consumable food products to at least one food charity”. Belgium has a similar law. 

Australia and Canberra is facing growing pressure on charities providing food and other welfare to the most disadvantaged, should we be thinking along these lines too?

Should we ensure that the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in Canberra have access to fresh fruit and vegetables and other basic essentials they currently can only class as a luxury?

What do you think? Let us know whether you think this should be a campaign that Fair Go for Canberra takes on.

Should Supermarkets Donate Unsold Food to Charities?