Walmart owned UK supermarket chain Asda has decided to bring back all the food collection points after receiving heavy criticism from the public. The supermarket giant has previously announced that it would ban all food collection points in its stores. The new U-turn in the policy will see the coming back of collection points for food banks and other charities in all Asdsa stores crosswise UK.
Asda’s decision to remove the collection points would have adversely affected the food banks across the nation. Some of the charities reportedly stated that over 25 percent of their total supplies came from Asda stores. Trussell Trust food bank network feared a food loss up to a third. Asda has been considering the policy revival for at least two days from now. The English daily Guardian reported that it has seen evidence from “from Asda’s internal social network The Green Room indicating disquiet and regret among staff about the removal of the collection points and welcoming their return.”
With over 525 stores in UK, Asda is the second biggest supermarket chain in UK. The company, which recently publicised its worst quarterly sales figures ever however denied the allegations that the current policy change has nothing to do with cost-cutting. Asda has even announced that it would set aside a fresh £2 million for charity through the National Asda Foundation. Meanwhile, around 88,000 people have signed a petition against Asda’s decision to remove food collection points. Many MPs have also raised concerns in this regard.
In an open letter to Asda Chief Andy Clarke, Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson criticised the supermarket’s decision to remove the collection points. In another related development, the biggest UK supermarket chain, Tesco has announced that it will open 100 new collection points in its stores.