Booths has been thanked for its generosity after the well-known family firm has agreed to support the Blackpool Food Partnership all year round.

It’s now donating surplus bread, veg and fruit to the award winning Partnership which co-ordinates and delivers food three times a week to charities, hostels, children’s centres, luncheon clubs and community kitchens across Blackpool, enabling thousands more people to receive help and develop community spirit.

Nikki Hart, project manager from Methodist Action NW which runs the Partnership said: “The best use of surplus food isn’t a bin, it’s a belly.

“Blackpool Food Partnership is now distributing £57,000 a year of surplus food. We currently collect frozen bread, fruit and vegetables, damaged tinned and dried items from Booths and will soon be collecting some dairy products too.

“We distribute to Fleetwood Foodbank, and a range of churches and charities across the Fylde coast.”

Booths have collection points in its St Anne’s and Poulton Stores for the Partnership, along with leaflets explaining the type of food needed.

“To be able to do something kind and practical with our food waste means a great deal to Booths, and it’s both reassuring to know we’ve been able to help so many people locally,” explained Colin Porter from the company.

Nikki is pictured with Sue Oldroyd who runs the Foodbank at Springfield Methodist Church, Bispham.