A fast food chain has supported a campaign to donate chicken to vulnerable people in Lynn rather than binning it.
Kentucky Fried Chicken has donated bags of unsold food to the Purfleet Trust after being approached by restaurateur Francis Bone.
Last month Mr Bone launched a campaign to call on other restaurants in the town to donate food to the charity which would otherwise be bound for landfill.
Mr Bone said: “Since starting this campaign we have had other businesses express an interest in coming on board with this idea.
“I already know from a television programme that KFC donated their chicken to homeless charities after it has been held for two hours in their hot cabinets as it is their policy not to sell chicken that is held for more than two hours. This chicken is still perfectly edible and can be used to feed people who desperately need it, rather than ending up in landfill.
“KFC is a great example to all businesses, showing a very moral stance and an ethical solution to food poverty and food waste, not only in this country, but on an international scale.”
On Thursday last week, staff at the Hardwick restaurant gave its first donation to the Purfleet Trust, under its Food Donation Scheme.
The uneaten chicken gets frozen by the restaurant and is then collected by the charity which can use the meat to cook a variety of meals.
The charity will now receive donations of food every Monday and Thursday.
Head of health and safety for KFC UK and Ireland Janet Cox said the firm was happy to help.
She said: “We’re passionate about minimising food waste and are excited to bring our Food Donation Scheme to our King’s Lynn restaurant, which is helping the Purfleet Trust feed those in desperate need in King’s Lynn and across West Norfolk.”
Mr Bone, who runs the Gravy Boat in Loke Road with partner Darren Whiley, came up with the idea after he had over-catered for a birthday party and donated bags of couscous along with salad and other produce.
He is still calling on others in the town to follow suit and donate appropriate food, kept at the right temperatures, to the charity.