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Booker supplies enough surplus to provide one million meals

16 December 2021

Wholesale operator Booker has redistributed enough food to provide the equivalent of one million meals via FareShare Go and free sharing app OLIO.

“We are delighted that our teams across the whole Booker business have worked so hard with their local partners to reach this fantastic milestone.”

Catherine Marston, Head of Sustainability at Booker

Booker is the first wholesale organisation to redistribute food directly to FareShare’s network of charities through FareShare Go and OLIO’s Food Waste Heroes via 192 of its branches across the UK.

Through the FareShare Go programme, Booker sites are matched with charities and community groups in the local area that collect the items and turn that into food parcels or hot meals for the people they support.

The food redistributed by Booker includes a range of large catering size packs, vegetables, deli and sandwich fillings, as well as smaller packs of meats, fish and fruit.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive at FareShare, said: “Thank you to Booker for working with FareShare and OLIO to redistribute the equivalent of one million meals. This food is needed now more than ever and is making a huge difference to people in need across the country.

“We’ve received lots of positive feedback from our network of charities collecting food through Booker and the Colleagues in Booker branches are building strong relationships with their local community thanks to this programme.”

OLIO’s Food Waste Heroes collect food directly from Booker and Makro branches, which is then added to its app for people in the local area to collect.

Tessa Clarke, Co-founder & CEO at OLIO, said: "This is such an incredible milestone, as one million meals is an enormous amount of food! We're absolutely thrilled about the impact our partnership with Booker and FareShare is having - both on the local community and the climate - and we look forward to saving many more millions of meals together."

Catherine Marston, Head of Sustainability at Booker said: “We are delighted that our teams across the whole Booker business have worked so hard with their local partners to reach this fantastic milestone. Not allowing any edible food go to waste is something that everyone at Booker is passionate about and we are proud to be the first wholesaler to work in such a collaborative way with FareShare and OLIO.  Our food waste represents just 0.15% of total food handled which is market leading.  We are off to a great start with this partnership and I’m really looking forward to building on this success.”