COMMUNITY-LED charity EATS Rosyth has been able to ramp up the number of meals it’s providing to those in need thanks to Marks & Spencer’s food redistribution programme.

Over the past year, an app has been used to notify charities when surplus food is available, helping to increase donations and stop food going to waste.

Since the launch of the 'innovative colleague app' in March 2020, M&S Dunfermline has provided almost 14,000 meals to the local community.

Karen Dorrat, food project manager at EATS Rosyth, said: “Our charity reduces both food waste and food miles as we help those in need in and around Rosyth.

"We share food surplus as well as produce that we grow locally to support the vulnerable in our community from our base at Rosyth Baptist Church.

"M&S Dunfermline has been one of our longest-standing donors and we’re really proud of the caring, environmentally-friendly community that the store has helped us create for locals.“

Leanne McCulloch, store manager at M&S Dunfermline, said: “When we have surplus food, our absolute priority is for it to end up on someone’s plate, through our charity redistribution programme with Neighbourly.

"We’re thrilled that the app has already helped to make a difference to charities like EATS Rosyth, who do such an incredible job in our local community.

"By providing charities with updates in real-time, they’re able to collect even more meals to feed the people they support and help us to prevent food going to waste.”

M&S is always looking for new partners to work with. Local charity and community groups who would like to get involved in the food surplus programme or other charity initiatives are encouraged to email to find out more.