A FOOD waste scheme is set to be rolled out in Bellingham.

Local businesses, cafes, restaurants and individuals will all donate to a community pantry which will see surplus food collected and distributed to local people who can make use of it - free of charge.

The North Tyne and Redesdale Community Partnership run scheme will be housed in a purpose-built unit outside the Reed Hall.

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The pantry, which aims to open before the end of the month, will be run by volunteers and will open 8am to 6pm daily.

Bellingham Parish Council has already agreed to pay £300 towards a commercial fridge for the unit.

“This project could make a real difference to Bellingham and we hope to use this as a gateway to expanding our offering of social support to residents of all ages and backgrounds across the area”, the partnership said online.

“We also feel that it could be of benefit to your business and we really hope you will partner with us on this initiative.”

To get involved contact the organisers at The North Tyne and Redesdale Community Partnership at www.ntrcp.org/