6 December 2019

Pizza group Franco Manca has pledged to turn surplus dough into bread for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people.

Franco Manca, which brought sourdough pizza to London in 2008, will launch a new scheme on 9 December in which it will use excess dough to make bread for soup kitchens, housing shelters, and food charities.

The business said its strategy will also help to reduce food waste across its 50-plus restaurants and said that while the idea came about with Christmas in mind, the initiative will be carried into 2020.

Christmas food drive

Franco Manca also has plans to donate 40,000 pizzas to those most in need this December. A number of staff have committed to working on Christmas day to provide a free collection service for anyone unable to otherwise enjoy lunch or dinner.

Last year, the chain distributed 20,000 to vulnerable people and has again called on charities and food banks to help reach members of the public who might benefit.

Operations director Javed Akhtar said: "We always try back to our local communities. This year, we’re truly happy to announce that we are doubling our 2018 pledge by offering 40,000 pizzas to those who face a tough time over the festive period.

Cutting food waste

"Not only do we hope this will help those most in need for months to come, it will also support our aim to limit our food waste across the business."

As Franco Manca, which was set up with a single site in Brixton, South London, expands across the UK, it has also been working to improve sustainability and charitable work outside the capital, the group said.

As well as in London, pizzas will also be sent out to those living locally in the likes of Birmingham, Exeter, Leeds, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

New sites are planned in cities up north and will open in the coming years thanks to investment from owners Fulham Shore, a London-based financial firm.

Source: iNews