Officers from Northamptonshire Police have helped a charity which provides food for homeless shelters and food banks across Northamptonshire.
Members of the force’s Futures Programme visited the Phoenix Resource Centre’s Wellingborough depot on Saturday to help the organisation sort out food ready to be passed on to other charities.
The food was given to the centre after being turned away from distribution centres in the county despite being perfectly edible.
PC Ali Ladner said: “We’re here to do our bit for the community.
“And if it wasn’t for the people at Phoenix, all this food would end up in landfill, which would be a shame when there’s nothing wrong with it, just damaged packaging, which means the supermarkets feel they can’t sell it.”
As well as officers who gave up their own time to help out the charity, a number of the force’s young cadets also took part in the sorting session.
The Phoenix Resource Centre’s founder, Andy Richardson, welcomed the help from the police.
He said: “To have organisations like the police come in and help us is a godsend.
“It means we can process a lot more, which means we can help a lot more people.”
Officers from the Futures team decided to help the Phoenix Resource Centre after the organisation provided goodie bags for a police open day in Kettering earlier this year.
The Futures Programme is an initiative run by Northamptonshire Police which is designed to put policing at the heart of communities. The programme is currently focusing on the Oundle and Kettering areas.