The supermarket chain Asda has announced a policy U-turn that will see the return of permanent collection points for food banks and other charities in all its UK stores, says the Guardian.

The move comes after the paper broke the news that the collection points were being removed across Britain. Some food banks said the move would threaten 25% of their supplies, while the Trussell Trust food bank network warned of losses of food of up to a third.

A source inside the company said that news of Asda’s change-of-heart began to circulate internally on Wednesday 24 February. The Guardian has seen material 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.

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