AN INSPIRATIONAL project is saving food from being dumped and providing people with bargains.

Winsford Community Grocery aims to reduce the amount of food that ends up going into landfill.

The not for profit company has teamed up with supermarkets to rescue items which would otherwise be thrown away.

Volunteers collect food that has reached its shelf expiry date and offer it to the local community.

Anyone can come along and fill a bag of food worth around £25 for just £3.

Volunteer manager Charlotte Hough spent a year setting up the community interest company.

The 37-year-old said: "There is absolutely nothing wrong with this food. It simply has a best before date on it and because of that supermarkets can no longer sell it.

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Volunteer manager Charlotte Hough spent a year setting up the project

"We get pretty much anything, bread, meat, dairy, eggs, potatoes, veg and fruit. We freeze a lot of the meat."

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The project was launched just before lockdown and reopened a month ago.

"We get young people living on their own, families and older people," said Charlotte. "Everyone loves it and thinks it is a great idea.

"It is not a foodbank, everyone can come. It's just about stopping food going to landfill which is going to run out of space in five years."

Food is distributed at St Chad's church hall on Monday from 11am to 1pm and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.

Volunteers ensure the food is shared out fairly.